Millions of Christians will celebrate Easter this year and the resurrection of Jesus Christ. This particular celebration has been going on for centuries. But did you know that the celebration of Easter actually has its roots in pagan religions and practices?
And it makes for a fascinating piece of history, not to mention the most particular book you’ll have the pleasure of ever reading.
In the early days of the Catholic Church, their leaders were working to convert most of Europe’s pagan population to Christianity. But this was not always an easy thing to do. Bringing in a religion that was new and only a few thousand years old and then trying to replace pagan religions that were many thousands of years older took cunning and ingenuity on the part of Catholic leaders.
One of the ways that Catholic leaders brought in pagan converts was to “alter” or “change” the meaning of current pagan festivals. And replace at least a few of the main symbols with Christian symbols in order to make it easier for pagans to adopt the new religion. For example, there are many stories of gods and goddesses who “resurrected” from the dead such as …