Why Eggs for Easter?

Long ago all our Waters were Animated by Feminine Beings, Nymphs Najads, Goddesses and Ladies of the Lake. The Elbe, the Danube, the Volga, the Sarasvati, the Ganga and so on, were all great Female Divinities. Lots of offerings to these Divinities have been found by archeologists in Waterbeds and ancient Wetlands all over Europe. People still make pilgrimages to bathe in the holy water of the Ganga. And Baptism is a sacred Christian rite to this day, as is the ritual washing in Judaism and Islam.

Life seemed to come from out of the Waters of the world, so did human children! Women were aware that an Amniotic Fluid is surrounding the Foetus. Babies used to be born in people´s homes so this was common knowledge.

Trees and Animals that spend their lives in or close to Wetlands were part of the Divinity of Water. Geese, Frogs and Toads who live part of their lives in Water and are very Fertile, laying lots of Eggs, were much Revered and are Main Characters in many of our Fairy Tales, able to make wishes come true .

The habit of eating Eggs at Easter has to do with celebrating of the Gift of Life. In the great Finnish epos of Kalevala the World is Created out of a Waterbird´s Egg. The first Eggs known to us in the northerly parts of the world must have come from Gulls, Ducks, Geese and other water birds. Especially White birds were Revered as apparitions of the Goddess. Eggs and Chickens were Gifts from the Goddess herself and in parts of the world Decorated Eggs are still given as Offerings at Easter to celebrate Springtime and the seething new Life.

Why Eggs for Easter?


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