Thursday, April 05, 2007

Chocolate Egg + Easter Bunny = Jesus

A few of us were talking this morning about Easter and the reason why people give each other chocolate eggs and also as to the significance of the Easter bunny. I saw on channel 4 news last night that most people did not know the reason for this and I have to admit that I am one of the majority with no clue to this beyond a cynical view that it was a marketing agenda for multi-national corporations to make more money after people gave up chocolate for lent and come the end, they would devour chocolate eggs.

After a quick check on Wikipedia, I was led to believe that the Easter Bunny is a traditional holiday character in the form of a giving rabbit which is said to leave gifts to children at Easter and originates in Western European cultures.

Eggs, like rabbits and hares, are fertility symbols of extreme antiquity; since birds lay eggs and rabbits and hares give birth (to large litters) in the early spring, these became symbols of the rising fertility of the earth at the Vernal Equinox.

The rabbit was used in early Easter celebrations to symbolize fertility, perhaps because these animals give birth to multiple offspring at a time.

The Romans believed that all life proceeded from an egg, so the egg came to symbolize birth and rebirth. Christians regarded eggs as the seeds of life and attributed them with the symbol of Jesus' resurrection. One wonders why the church doesn't get more involved in this and produce kinder-type eggs with various toys inside. Imagine a toy crucifix set and you have to fit it together. It could even come with what looks like a joke but it's actually scripture. I imagine these would sell incredibly well if marketed (in)correctly.

I hope you all have a great time whatever you're up to. I'll be off from today and back on Wednesday for a full Easter break report. Thanks for stopping by!

4 Comments:

Blogger Jenny said...

You can get chocolate crucifixes - tasty, but maybe not so tasteful?

Even less tasteful - a life-size chocolate Jesus.

I also read about a chocolate crucifix that oozes red jelly when bitten into, but I can't find any real evidence of that one...

7:35 pm  
Blogger Skry said...

That artistic director, Matthew Semler, has a lot of balls to resign in protest.

I did that for a job once and everyone thought I was great for doing it. In turn, I thought everyone else was pretty weak for not thinking they would have the guts to quit a job they thought was fundamentally/morally wrong.

How could you do a job you thought was reprehensible...? Obviously some people don't have a problem with it, but at the time I needed the money and I still quit.

Fight for your right to do stuff other than party!!

POWER TO THE FUNDAMENTALIST PROLETARIAT!!!

9:30 pm  
Blogger Donovan said...

The latest South Park addresses your questions!

10:55 pm  
Blogger Jay Tea said...

Haha, who would have thought St Peter was a rabbit? :)

6:43 pm  

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