The roots of Easter in pre-Christian paganism

Easter Week continues at Astrological Musings!

Here is an interesting video detailing the pagan sources of the roots of the Christian Easter celebration.

This will be a controversial video for Christians, so please proceed at your own risk. There is a factual inaccuracy in the video in that its author, Acharya S, states that Easter means Pessach in Hebrew but I believe that this is incorrect. Pessach is the Hebrew name for the ancient Hebrew celebration of freedom after a long period of bondage in Egypt. Unlike the Christian holidays, which are rooted in pagan celebrations of the movement of the Sun and the Moon in an apparent path around the earth, Jewish holidays celebrate historical events. The Jewish calendar is a lunar one, so there is some connection to the soli-lunar path, but it is an accidental one.

She also claims that there is no historical basis in fact for the existence of Jesus, a subject of much debate that is better left to another time and place.

In any case, please enjoy the video!

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By | 2011-04-21T07:43:48+00:00 April 21st, 2011|Holidays|5 Comments


  1. Linda April 21, 2011 at 11:17 am

    where’s the video????

  2. Beth April 21, 2011 at 11:53 am

    No video here, Lynn! (Won’t we ALL be glad when Mercury stations direct Saturday!) ..

  3. Julie in Boston April 22, 2011 at 9:22 am

    Hi Lynn: it was always interesting to me, as an old French Lit major, that the French words for Easter and Passover were the same: Paques, with a circumflex accent over the letter “a” in the word. So maybe that is where the similarity you mention has its root.

    Happy Earth Day!

  4. April 22, 2011 at 5:46 pm

    Weird gremlins kept deleting the video. Here it is, just in time for Easter weekend!

    Julie, thanks for that comment about the word “Paques.” It appears that “Paques” is used for Passover and “Pacques” for Easter. I wonder what the difference is?

  5. hava perdeleri April 23, 2011 at 8:26 am

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