All Beliefs are Welcome Here!
I really despise Pagans (and people in general) that are so cynical that fig anyone suggests anything--clearly with the research to back it up--than their gut reaction is not one of openness, but that you MUST be mistaken and flat-out wrong! The utter pedantry of them is MORE than irritating. You try sharing knowledge with them out of the goodness of your heart and they, in turn, stab you in the back. Case in point: Many Pagans have become convinced that Eostre was never a goddess other than in the minds of their fellow Pagans and in the writings of the Venerable Bede's "De Temprum Rationale". At least according to Prof. Hutton's "Station of the Sun" and many Pagans who have taken that book's views to extremes that even he never would have agreed with! Most specialist scholars, however, disagree with Prof. Hutton that Bede is an altogether untrustworthy source for the pagan rites and beliefs of Anglo-Saxon Britain. In fact, it is because he despise paganism so thoroughly that we can be sure that he wouldn't have just made up a deity that did not exist. In stead, he more than likely would have SEVERELY downplayed what he knew. However, their are linguistic place-name, such as in Kent, England, where the name of the goddess survives as a local noun. And, in districts of German there are votive offerings bearing inscriptions (which some CYNICAL pagans have dismissed as "hardly being archaeological evidence) to a linguistically identical goddess known, when translated into English, as the "Eastern Mothers", who seem to have overseen the growth of crops and vegetation at spring. Now, this data does not, as I have insisted, prove there is evidence for for Eostre as a dawn-goddess, per se. However, at an Indo-European level, as even Prof. Hutton admits, she may have been on linguistic grounds, noting the Classical and Hindu dawn goddesses, Eos, Aurora, and Usas. In fact, within the field of Indo-Europae linguistics the name of Eostre has been traced to terms signifying light and the heat of the sun. Moreover, the concept of the growth of spring vegetation and the care-taking of children may be more evident when we compare Eostre and the "Eastern Mothers" with the Roman goddess of light and dawn, Mater Matuta ("Mother Morning"), to whom a festival was celebrated beseeching her for the healthy growth of children into adolescence. She was even beseeched during childbed for the safe delivery of children, and there is an Indo-European custom linking goddesses of soft light--indeed, candle light--with birthing children, and moreover, the process of childbirth was linked with the Earth/ soil itself within the Indo-European psyche and the seeds were thought to germinate and break forth into the light of day as newborns emerged from the darkness of the womb and into the light of day where candles were kindles to facilitate this process. Indeed, carrying candles about a field to encourage the field to flourish is a common custom. But, again, to many cynical pagans, because Eostre lacked any recorded sacrifices and rites, than she did not evict; or, at the very least, I am flat-out laughably wrong. *SMH* Anyone got an Advil for this headache?!
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