Jean- Pascal offers a cracking array
THE spring equinox, phases of the moon and sun cults, Mithras, Horus, Inanna and other pagan resurrected god myths, the Jewish Passover, the rabbits and hares of fertility, simnel cakes and the sign of the cross – they all enter into the rich and confused pageantry of pagan/ Jewish/ Christian symbolism of our Easter celebrations.
Even, for Anglo- Saxons, the very name Easter supposedly comes to us from Eostre, the ancient Saxon goddess of “new light”, rather than Latin variations of “Pascha” derived from Hebrew.
And the egg. Is it, as in many ancient cultures, the sign of rebirth and new life?
Or, as some Christians believe, a symbol of Christ’s empty tomb, the rolling of the rock away from its entrance or, as beitzah in the Jewish Passover seder, hard- boiled as a sign of mourning, in this case, for the twin destructions of their temple?
And, for many Orthodox Christians and others, hand- decorating hard- boiled eggs in bright colours and exchanging them remains one of the best family- together traditions of all our secular and religious Easter celebrations.
So, when you look around in the window of Norman and Dann, at John Zito’s little