Anonymous asked in Society & CultureHolidaysEaster · 1 decade ago

Is Easter based on the goddess Ishtar?

Is it a pegan holliday or Christian holliday?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Easter is a pagan holiday honoring the Queen of Heaven goddess Ishtar; not a Christian Holy Day.


    "The English word 'Easter' came from the Anglo-Saxon Eastre or Estera, a Teutonic goddess to whom sacrifice was offered in April, so the name was transferred to the Pashal Feast. The word does not properly occur in Scripture although the AV (King James Translation) has it in ACTS 12:4 where it stands for 'Passover' as it is rightly rendered in RV (Revised Version). There is no trace of Easter celebration in the New Testament..." (INTERNATIONAL STANDARD BIBLE ENCYCLOPEDIA VOL.2, P.889). The word 'Easter' has confused some but the word in the original form is "Pascha" meaning "Passover". It occurs 29 times in the New Testament & everytime it's translated Passover except in Acts 12:4. If you read carefully (ACTS 12:1-4); it says that Herod killed James and was trying to kill Peter in an effort to "vex the church"(Please the Jews). Then in VERSE 3 "were the days of unleavened bread"; see LEV.23. He put him in prison intending to try him "after Easter" (KJV). Now if Herod was trying to "please the Jews" & "vex the church" Why would he have delayed the trial until after 'Easter?'" If this was a "christian holy day", especially one in honoring Christ's resurrection, he would surely not be pleasing the Jews, Wouldn't it be more pleasing to the Jews to vex the church by killing one of it's Apostles on it's own "holy-day," would it not?


    Easter was never observed by the Apostles of Christ or Christ's Religion. "The name 'Easter' comes to us from the mythlogical writings of the Ancient Teucrians (who lived 1200BC along the southern coast of Palestine) where it's known as 'Ostern'" BY GROVER STEVENS. "The name 'Easter' is merely the slightly changed English spelling of the name of the ancient Assyrian and Babylonian idol goddess, Ishtar (pronounced eesh-tar)." WEBSTER'S DICTIONARY says "Easter is from the pre-historic name of a pagan spring festival." THE OXFORD DICTIONARY OF ENGLISH ETYMOLOGY says, "Easter is derived from the name of goddess whose feast was celebrated at the vernal equinox." THE SCHOLARY NEW SCHAFF-HERZOG RELIGIOUS ENCYCLOPEDIA says, "This goddess is also widely known as Astarte...The cult originated in Babylonia and spread to Assyria, Mesopotamia, Syria & Palestine, then through the Phoenicians to all of the Meditteranean peoples...Ishtar was in fact primarily and chiefly identified as Venus, the most beautiful of celestial objects & from the terrestrial side, the primarily motive of the worship of Ishtar was the impulse to deify sensuous and sensuality." ALEXANDER HISLOP SAYS IN THE TWO BABYLONS (P.103), "Easter bears its Chaldean origin on its forehead. Easter is nothing else than Asarte, one of the titles of Beltis, the queen of heaven..."

    The Easter Bunny and eggs deal with fertility of the goddess Ishtar. "Eggs, the obvious symbols of fertility and reproduction, were used in ancient fertility rites. They were painted with various magical symbols and then cast into fires or buried in the earth as offerings to the Goddess. In certain parts of the world, Spring Equinox eggs were painted yellow or gold (sacred solar colors) and used in rituals to honor the Sun God. Easter, like every other Christian religious holiday is rich with an abundance of Pagan overtones, customs and traditions such as Easter eggs and Easter bunny. Eggs, as previously discussed were ancient fertility symbols and offerings to the Goddess of the Pagans and Witches in both western and eastern cultures, including the Goddess Ostara, whose escort was a rabbit. "

    Easter Bunny Origination


    Note: these sites tell where Easter Eggs came from.

    VERSES-- DEUT.4:19,28-31; 11:26-28; 17:3 & GAL.4:8-10.

    Source(s): Holidays or Holy Days? Why Easter? Why not Passover? My answer about Easter and Jesus's death in:;_ylt=Atswz... My answer about pagan holidays in:;_ylt=Alv8F...
  • 6 years ago

    Yes this is true. According to The Encyclopoedia Britannica: "There is no indication of the observance of the Easter festival in the New Testament, or in the writings of the apostolic Fathers. The sanctity of special times was an idea absent from the minds of the first Christians."

    The Catholic Encyclopedia tells us: "A great many pagan customs, celebrating the return of spring, gravitated to Easter. The egg is the emblem of the germinating life of early spring. The rabbit is a pagan symbol and has always been an emblem of fertility."

    Easter is nothing else than Astarte, one of the titles of Beltis, the queen of heaven, whose name, as found by Layard on the Assyrian monuments, is Ishtar, such is the history of Easter.

    The popular observances that still attend the period of its celebration amply confirm the testimony of history as to its Babylonian character. The hot cross buns of Good Friday, and the dyed eggs of Pasch or Easter Sunday, figured in the Chaldean rites just as they do now.

    What has happened throughout time and in our day is Easter celebration has been fused with the teachings of Jesus, which is Christianity, having nothing to do with each other.

    Jehovah God condemns such practices, for as Easter is not a biblical teaching. Jeremiah 7:16-18 please read.

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  • 4 years ago

    easter based goddess ishtar

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  • Bunge
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    1 decade ago

    Easter was originally the festival of Ostara, named after the Teutonic Goddess Eostra..She was the Goddess of Spring and fertility... Under Constantine in the 4th century AD, the Christians assimilated this festival and called it the Resurrection.. I will cut a long story short.. The name Easter is derived from the Goddess Oestare, Ostern, Eostra or Eostre, depending upon which literature you read...How's this girls.. The female hormone oestrogen can claim its roots to this Goddess..The fertility aspect of Ostara is symbolised by the egg, which appears as a prominent icon in both Christian and Eastern Orthodox Easters... It is believed that eggs and another symbol of fertility - the rabbit - surrounded the Spring Goddess, Eostra.. The rabbit, popularly known as the Easter Bunny, is another ubiquitous sign of modern Easter.. Let's talk about hot cross buns..... The cross represents the cross that Jesus died on ..... Right Christians ??? Wrong to the power of 2... Hot crossed buns were another stolen aspect of Ostara... At the feast of Oestre, an ox was sacrificed.. The ox horns symbolised the feast and were carved into ritual bread . The symmetrical cross has been continued to decorate the buns, that are now commonly called hot cross buns.. So you see it was stolen from the Pagans, Life, Death, Rebirth, it did represent.. The Christians stole it to represent the Resurrection...

    Love and Light.. Blessed Be.. )O(

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  • 4 years ago

    You should pay attention to what you are doing. Celebrating Easter has nothing to do with Jesus or Christianity. A Bunny laying eggs has nothing to do with Jesus but everything to do with the pagan god Ishtar - fertility and sex etc... Mayday anyone? More pagan sex rituals - specifically the penis (Maypole)

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  • Anonymous
    6 years ago

    By the way, I noticed that The Holy Bible doesn't mention Christmas, Santa Claus, Elves, Reindeers (especially one with a glowing red nose), a talking snow man, among other things. I love that time of the year, and I thank the Pagans for making it possible for Christians to build on something that they created. These celebrations feel so good. Don't they?

    • 6 years agoReport

      Since when do we base our faith and practice on whether something "feels good"? God's Word must be the basis for all that we believe and practice. J.B. Phillips paraphrases Romans 12:2a well when he writes: "Don’t let the world around you squeeze you into its own mould." Don't conform to the world.

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  • 1 decade ago

    I know this is confusing to Christians and non-Christians alike!

    Christians celebrate Jesus Resurrection from the dead to life


    The Christians use the word "Easter" to describe that

    Resurrection event.

    From the research in encyclopedias and other sources including the Holy Bible itself I have come to the conclusion,that the Holy Day should (accurately) be called... "RESURRECTION DAY"!

    The word 'EASTER" has pagan origins!

    Sometimes paganism is mixed in with Christianity.

    We as Christians need to be fully aware of whether pagan

    traditions are implemented in our observances and our celebrations!

    For a more detailed explanation go to resolved question:

    "what does easter mean to you?"

    Hope this helps!

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  • 3 years ago

    FALSE! Only cults & groups that deny Sunday Worship claim this (JW s, 7th Day Adventist, Jews, etc...) Easter is in the Bible (King James Version) notice it is all modern versions that remove it. - And when he had apprehended him, he put him in prison, and delivered him to four quaternions of soldiers to keep him; intending after EASTER to bring him forth to the people. Acts 12: 4 (KJV) There is zero historical evidence that the festival mentioned in Acts 12 had anything to do with Ishtar.

    • Mike G3 years agoReport

      The New Testament Church always met on Sunday. There is evidence of this in the Bible (Acts 20:7 & 1 Cor 16:2). John in Revelation speaks about "The Lords Day". Nowhere in the New Testament are gentile Christians told to observe a Saturday Sabbath. Col 2:14-17 says Sabbath is fulfilled in Christ.

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  • 3 years ago


    It is true that people in biblical times didn't celebrate Easter (or many of the holidays we celebrate today) but it is a celebration of when Christ rose from the dead after being crucified and dead for 3 days. Jesus walked on Earth for about 40 days before rising into the clouds to join His Father God.

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  • 6 years ago
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  • 1 decade ago

    pagan... I was told that it was based of a German goddess of fertility... (hence all the references to baby animals and eggs)...

    Christians adopted it , and added to it the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

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