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    Denise Oliver Velez, mapamp, Mariken

    The word "Easter" comes from the month it fell in - "eostremonath" - and the month was PROBABLY named for a goddess.  Although it's possible that there was never any such goddess, and Bede - the source of the information - was mistaken.  Almost nothing whatsoever is known about her EXCEPT that the fourth month of the year was named for her - that brief mention by Bede is all that there is.  The rest is all linguistic speculation.

    Most of the world calls it "Pascha" - passover.  It's only "Easter" or some cognate in English and German speaking countries, and it wasn't called that until it had already been in existence for about 600 years.

    •  Actually there are multiple theories (1+ / 0-)
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      vcmvo2

      and they will never be resolved - but since some have been embraced by contemporary Pagan adherents that is really all I find of interest as an anthropologist.  

      "If you're in a coalition and you're comfortable, you know it's not a broad enough coalition" Bernice Johnson Reagon

      by Denise Oliver Velez on Sun Apr 08, 2012 at 09:32:47 AM PDT

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