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The acclaimed Cross at a 90° right angle has been one of the most ancient and exalted human ideograms of the Sun throughout the world and has been celebrated as a symbol of life not only to Christians, but also to the Hindus, the Buddhists, the Greeks, the Amerindians and to the Egyptians dating well back as far as the Palaeolithic.
To most of these early cultures, it's sited through what came to be regarded as the widespread observance of the "Crossing" and resurrection of the Sun at the Vernal Equinox (Easter) using the four seasons. To the Christian father Irenaeus, who in the 2nd century determined the Four Gospels, also echoed this same pattern, declaring that,
Several early Christian compositions unearthed in Egypt additionally
defined the Egyptian Ankh Cross, which also included works from
Sextus the Pythagorean, parts of Plato's Republic on the Just-Man
crucified, and extracts from the zodiacal Hermetica.
Only was it until the late 5th century that genuine portrayals of Jesus on a crucifix were found, as before this time however, artifacts had all but depicted Jesus as the fish, or as the shepherd, but never on a Cross.
The most earliest Christian Cross depiction conjointly appeared to be related from possible satirical Dionysian representations, such as this very early piece of graffiti carved behind a pillar in Rome during the 2nd century.
This graffiti (right) sketched out a man with a donkey's head crucified upon a cross with the caption "Alexmenos worships his god".
Felix Marcus Minucius, one of the early Christian fathers even discredited the whole idea that Christians worshiped the Cross, declaring that,
The Absent Goddess
The collapse of the fertility goddess concluded roughly after the fall of the Roman Empire via the succession of Judeo-Christianity in the fourth century AD, of which reform then included the systematization for the ransacking and closure of all temples throughout Europe and the Middle East on an unprecedented scale.
To many early cultures prior to this climax however, her reverence outside of the supernatural domain initially stemmed far back into prehistory through the astronomical and cyclic thanksgivings of all organic lifeforms on Earth, and thus became agronomically regarded as very towering figure in antiquity.
Much like today, this methodology of the Heavens derived itself downwards from the exploration for the source of life, and revolved purely around the glorification of birth, death and rebirth, or as seen divergent to the preternatural, or unnatural realm of literal necromantic revival of the flesh.
As in the words of Elaine Pagels:
Despite this vampire transformation act, her eminence inside creationism was often foremost with her figure solemnly being accredited exclusively as providing new birth always to objects that had seemed dead.
Analogous words like 'womb', 'tomb', 'resurrection', 'regeneration', 'renewal, 'procreation', 'origination', 'genesis', 'birth', 'rebirth', 'conception' and so forth all still have their deepest origins with her fertility cults.
As promulgated by Sigmund Freud,
Multitudes of people in antiquity regarded her as the Queen of Heaven, alongside that of a Mother Earth incorporating all the physical elements from which everything was produced. In Rome, writers such as Apuleius adjudged her simply as the Mother of the Gods. To the philosopher Plotinus, she was the image of creation itself.
Historians such as Diodorus Siculus noted that she even held greater power than the King in Egypt.
To historians like Tacitus, the clans of Europe (goddess Europa) even deemed her the deity to whom all else was subject and duteous. In Athens, the Virgin Mother goddess Athena, like Jesus, also raised a jury of twelve over which she presided. Notable philosophers ("Lover of Sophia") such as Socrates even became conversant on a Pythagorean (python/serpent) priestess who taught him the decree of affinity as according to Plato.
In ancient India, she was held as the Mother of the Brahmana, Aditi, who likewise gave birth to Adityas, the twelve Suns/Sons annually, subsequently becoming one Sun god fused upon twelve disciples.
Early provisional migrations of the Hindu god Brahma (A-braham) and the goddess Saraswati (Sarah / A-sherah) had also long been established via trade routes to the east of Mesopotamia adjacent to the Tigris-Euphrates that spread to the Nile.
Some of the most oldest specimens of archaic writing (3300 BC) likewise emerged from Uruk and the Temple of Inanna (Babylonian Ishtar, Phoenician Asherah) the Queen of Heaven, of which was one of the most oldest cities in southern Mesopotamia, where Abraham (1900 BC) was later born.
Her initial Stellar worship as the Serpent Goddess (click image right) became instituted in many early Hindu, Sumer-Babylonian, Aegean, Cretan and Egyptian practices, which predominated the votary, pottery, sanctuary, customary and figural characteristics of each culture.
To many, like the Egyptians, the hieroglyph for "Goddess" simply became delegated as the Uraeus (Serpent), which was worn as a headdress by all Egyptian pharaohs as a symbol of sovereignty, dating back into pre-dynastic times.
Her association as the Queen of Heaven, and the Serpent, including the ideal of evil, or darkness also had a long astronomical foundation attached to it, warranted down through the hostilities between the Stellar and Solar priesthoods on account of the Great Dragon/Serpent, or the constellation Draco, that once ruled the celestial sphere with its body spreading over seven signs of the zodiac.
The celebrated alignment of the Great Pyramid of Giza with the pole star Alpha Draconis is likewise considered to be a direct monument to star worship via the priesthood of Seth, precedent to the Great Serpent becoming the cardinal rival of Osirian resurrecting priests, and later Yahweh (Isaiah:27:1).
Many Gnostic sects, such as the Christian Ophites even tried to displace this, handling that the Wise Serpent, and the goddess Sophia, alongside the Tree of Knowledge was the genuine champion.
In other foregoing lands, her subjugation was recorded in numerous Serpentine myths, from Marduk conquering the serpent goddess Tiamat in Babylon, to Zeus, Apollo or Hercules conquering Typhon, Python, Hydra and Ladon, as they guarded the scared fruit tree.
Thousands of statuettes (some 90%) of the Queen of Heaven have likewise been unearthed in the birthplace of Judaism and Christianity through archaeological excavations in ancient Canaan, anterior to that of the Levite (Luvian) invasion of the land flowing with milk and honey (Exodus 33:3).
In ancient Phoenicia, she was summed up as the chief deity Ba'alat Asherah, whose Stellar cult presided over Acre, Sidon, Tyre and Byblos as far back as the 4th millenium BC, well preceding the time of Moses.
The Sidonian Kings went as far as even entitling themselves the high priest of Asherah, while the hieratic priests via the once settled Egyptian colony of Byblos enlarged the proto syllabic Linear alphabet, as was the Serpentine cultivation abound with Linear A and B to Crete and Greece.
When writing withal was exported from Phoenicia into Greece, as assumed by Herodotus, "Byblos" then formulated very words such as "Bible" to the Greeks, as with the resurrecting pagan fertility god Adonis, or Adonia to the early Hebrews.
Excavated building inscriptions at Byblos of King Yehawmilk declared:
Her early ubiquitous cult, that King Solomon himself worshipped (1 Kings 11:5) also became the dominate contender during the Iron Age for the concrete formation of Hebraic monotheism before it was disfeatured and suppressed (Ezek 9:4-7, Is.13:18, Num 33:50-52).
Coincidentally, some of the most oldest fragments of the alphabet in existence of Hebrew (proto-Sinaitic) are that of those discovered only at the temple of the Egyptian cow goddess Isis-Hathor at Serabit el-Khadim in 1905.
Resting on the walls of her sanctum, intercessions were carved beseeching her as the Serpent Lady. These archaeological excavations by Sir William Flinders Petrie in the Sinai Desert furthermore referred to the consort of Ba'al as Ba'alat ("Lady of Byblos") of which her Golden Calf was worshipped by Aaron and the early Hebrews before the annexation of the marauding Levites (Exodus 32:3-4).
Her emblem later being appropriated under the Cornucopia, or the Horn of Plenty, delineated as the Cow's horn pouring forth all the fruits and flowers of the earth.
(Left) Ice Age stone carving of the Venus of Laussel in central France (dated 21,000-18,000 BC).
Just one of the many clear messages enduring the ages that confirm human celestial mathematical knowledge of the nexus between the Moon's egg shaped orbit, and the 28/29.5 day gestation reproductive cycle.
Here, the pregnant
figurine is shown embracing her womb while holding the cornucopia,
or crescent horn marked with 13 incisions, symbolizing the number of
13 Moons, or 13 degrees a day in a calendar year.
These Solar and Lunar orbs were virtually esteemed as the initial promotive forces on all living bodies, including the fructification of fertile plant life.
The term "Friday" of "Good Friday", like the unlucky "Friday the 13th" additionally became consolidated via the archaic goddess Freya/Venus/Astarte and is familiar mostly today as the demonic Christian Satanic symbol, or the five pointed rosary star of the "Pentagram" of Venus/Astarte, integral with the anniversary of the crucifixion of Jesus.
The pentacle also being long attested by Mesolithic astronomers which equally depicts the same rosary geometrical pattern drawn by Venus every eight years around the Sun in our night sky.
The ancient Romans referred to the Stellar cults of Venus as "Lucifer" the light bringer, or the morning star that announced the daily birth and death of the divine Sun from Dawn/Aurora, the morning goddess of the Sun.
In Phoenicia, Venus was known as "Shaher", and the evening star "Shalem", born from Asherah in her womb aspect as Helel "the Pit".
Plato called Venus, Aster.
Our customary idiom for "Hell" also stemmed via this,
though by means only through the demonization succeeding the 7th
century of the Teutonic goddess "Hel" in Scandinavia.
The secrets of early Mysteries were considered so well kept that our knowledge of them is still incomplete, due to them never being committed down to writing.
Plato deemed that its tradition, including the euphonies of Isis were over 10,000 years old.
The most famous Mysteries though outside of Egypt, was associated with Dionysian, Bacchanal, Orphist and Samothracian Mysteries, together with the Eleusisian Mysteries practiced near Athens which were based on the worship of the goddess of fertility Demeter as transliterated through various other names.
In Rome, it was attributed to the goddess Ceres and the Mysteries were also practiced by men via Mithraism, which included a symbolic washing in the blood of the sacrificial Bull.
The principal sacrament of Mithra, similar to Dionysus, the god of wine was that of the consumption of the flesh and drinking the blood of the sacrificial animal before rebirth.
These Mysteries likewise matured afterwards into religious worship inside early Christianity where Christians received the Eucharist in secret rituals including the rites from Dionysus, including the concept of Heaven and Hell, turning water in wine, and eating the flesh of the Son, and drinking his blood prior to his death.
To Christians, this was based upon the necessity of a human blood sacrifice, rather then animal, which was to atone for the sins of the world.
As Tertullian and early Christian theologians echoed "the seed of the church was built upon the blood of the martyrs". Afterwards, when Christianity became the official religion of the Roman Empire, these sacraments then became much more mainstream and public.
Individuals such as Celsus the Platonist criticized the Christian piety in the 2nd century for impiously gossiping about god while trying to arouse the awe of the illiterate, and thus pretending to behave like guardians of the Bacchic (Dionysus) Mysteries.
The Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius alike accused them as being misconceived exhibitionists.
Hippolytus, one of the early prolific ecclesiastical writers went as far of stating that,
To the Roman historians Suetonius and Tacitus, Christianity was seen as nothing but a new depraved and deadly superstition.
The Sophist historian Eunapius of Sardis who was instated into the Eleusinian Mysteries even described the destruction when literalist Christians came to power and actually recorded that the Empire was being confounded by a,
The Mysteries concerning this original dying and resurrecting Solar godman though was known by many different names.
Osiris-Dionysus of Greece attended by the Four Seasons
Or in other words, Jesus
Christ and all the others upon whom this character is predicated are
personifications of the Sun, and the Gospel fable is merely a rehash
of a mythological formula revolving around the movements of the Sun
through the heavens.
The ancients realized quite abundantly that they needed the Sun to return every day and that they would be in big trouble if the Sun continued to move southward and did not stop and reverse its direction. Thus, these many different cultures celebrated the "Sun of God's" birthday on December 25th.
The following are the characteristics of the "Sun of God"
The Egyptian Pharaohs also identified themselves in life with the
Sun god Horus and in death with his father Osiris. These myths
identified the Pharaoh as both the earthly form of the royal falcon
god who triumphed over his enemies and the pious son who claims the
throne after the death of his father. Whilst Osiris ruled the dead
in the underworld, Horus ruled the living. Horus and Osiris, just
like Jesus, became interchangeable in the mythos ("I and my Father
are one"). Horus, who predates the Christ by 3000 years shared the
following in common with him.
The Christian Trinitarian triangle surrounded by the falcon angels
in the baptistery of the Catholic basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore in Rome.
The power of the all seeing eye serves
to draw down the authority of the universe onto all that which lies inside it
Zeus - King of the Gods
The Greek historian Herodotus associated both the Greek god Zeus, and the Roman god Jupiter Amon, with the Egyptian god Osiris. Amon in Egyptian mythology being the human-Ram headed god most often represented with the ceremonial beard, as iconic to Jupiter's kingship into Aries the Ram.
In Jerusalem, this also coincided with the birth of Jesus (Je-Zeus) the Lamb of god, when Jupiter entered into Aries around 6 BC, including then the reposition of the Age of Aries from which the Sun had passed for more than two thousand years into the new Age of Pisces the Fish.
Before Jesus resembled a Ram god, such as Serapis and Zeus,
he was most often depicted beardless and youthful like Apollo,
or as a Pagan Hierophant of the Eleusinian mysteries.
The Fish, Jupiter and the Zodiac
The Apostles Peter, James, Andrew and John all were additionally portrayed as fishermen. In the 2nd century, one of the early Christian fathers Tertullian wrote accordingly of this saying:
Popular hymns later referred to Jesus as "the Little Fish which the Virgin caught in the Fountain".
In Greek though, the Fish became known as "Icthys", which too was later nominated as the icon of Jesus in Hebrew afterwards used as an acrostic from the Greek "Iesous Christos Theou Hyios Soter" or "Jesus Christ, of God the Sun/Son, Saviour". This Ichthys, fish of the water, also became known as the offspring Sun of the ancient sea and Moon goddess which had long been a central figure to much early mythologies revolving around the zodiac when Jupiter entered into Aries the Ram through Pisces.
This fish symbol virtually attached itself to an array of ancient Moon deities due to this lunary orb governing the sea and tides, as according to Pliny, along for which the enquiry of the Heavens too became a profession held down exclusively by women who promulgated the changes of seasons and the harvest, such as designing calendars, predicting eclipses and forecasting the future.
Even at one of the most important and oldest sanctuaries in Greece, "Delphos/Delphi" also meant "Whale" and "Womb", from where the Pythia (Pythoness) Oracle received her prophesies and where the Greeks consulted preceding a major operation.
Plutarch, a famed priest at Delphi recounted that after the Sun god Apollo defeated Python and presided over Delphi for 9 months, that the Shrine was afterwards then appointed back to the Maenads of Dionysus for preparation of rebirth. In the Eleusinian Mysteries of the goddess Demeter, initiation further included a baptism in seawater signifying rebirth, with a greeting to the rising of the new Moon after three nights of dark skies taking place.
The Roman writer Apuleius even related that the goddess Aphrodite Salacia was the fish swarming womb that carried the reincarnated Sun god Palaemon, just as Empedocles conjured water as manifesting the tears of the goddess Persophone. In India, it was Vritas and Danu, or in Persia, it became the goddess Anahita who governed the waters.
In Babylonia, it was the Solar tale of the fish goddess Derceto/Atargatis with the god Oannes/Joannes, including also Nammu and Tiamat. In the Biblical tale, like Jesus born from Mary, or Maria, from where Marine, or where water comes from became rendered through Oannes/Jonah, who allegorically did the same exploit inside the Womb/Tomb of the world's largest sea Mammal.
Yahweh concluded alike in the Old Testament by subjugating the sea Serpent Leviathan ("Whale" in Hebrew).
The seditious natural historian Charles Darwin's evolution also emphasized this belief implying that the gestating hydrous womb was likewise interdependent on the lunar tidal rhythms, linking our heritage and origins to the sea.
As accompanied by the fish story of Jesus miraculously helping his disciples land a catch of 153 fish, this same feat is also strangely achieved by Pythagoras five hundred years earlier in an ancient legend recorded by the neoplatonist Porphyry.
Pythagoras himself predicting the exact number of fish to be caught, with the 153 being a sacred Pythagorean number associated with the "Vesica Piscis" or "Vessel of the Fish" (image right).
When the circumference of the one circle touches the centre of the other they both combine to produce the fish, or the ratio of height to length of this shape being 153:265, a formula known to Archimedes and was a very potent mathematical tool being the nearest whole number approximation ratio of the equilateral triangle. Ecclesiastics howbeit later on had to formulate a narrative in order to explain why they were using such symbolism, and by the 9th century the fish ideogram had been partially all but abandoned due to its pagan connections with Icthys and Jupiter.
Even in Greek, the name for Jesus being Iesous, is very similar to the name of Zeus/Jupiter itself. As Acharya S described Zeus, aka "Zeus Pateras," who we now automatically believe to be a myth and not a historical figure, takes his name from the Indian version, "Dyaus Pitar." Dyaus Pitar in turn is related to the Egyptian "Ptah," and from both Pitar and Ptah comes the word "pater," or "father." "Zeus" equals "Dyaus," which became "Deos," "Deus" and "Dios", "God."
"Zeus Pateras," like
Dyaus Pitar, means, "God the
Father," a very ancient concept that in no way originated with
"Jesus" and Christianity. In Hinduism (one of the oldest living
religions) Krishna/Christna was also called "Khrist-os" centuries
before any Jewish character was similarly named.
For the first three centuries, the collective body of all
Christians, including clerical knew little of the birthday of Jesus
up until the 4th century, as currently there is still no Biblical
evidence which even declares the birthday of Jesus as the 25th of
December. There is simply no external historical confirmation for
the story outside of the New Testament either with accounts being
This was seen as the renewing of the Sun every year and appeared at its most southerly position, directly overhead at the Tropic of Capricorn (23 degrees 27 minutes south latitude) in the Northern hemisphere.
The winter solstice also became the birthday of multiple resurrecting fertility gods including Attis, Frey, Thor, Dionysus, Osiris, Adonis, Mithra, Tammuz, Cernunnos as mentioned above. Romans alike celebrated the festival of the Saturnalia from December 17th to the 24th to honor the Greek god Saturn, and originated as a thanksgiving celebration to commemorate the winter planting that consisted of a period of goodwill, devoted to visiting friends and swapping gifts.
From late winter, up until the spring equinox was
the "40 days", which later became Christian Lent.
Mithraism was regarded as the primary closing religion of the Roman Empire, and later eventually becoming the principal ranked competing rival to Christianity after its uprising.
The first written mention of Mitra dates back around 3,500 years in the Hindu Vedas, and then assumingly spread to Persia and reached west throughout the entire length of the Roman border to Scotland.
It is still regarded as one of the most universal religions and greatest mystery cults in the Western World. Its mysteries that spread by the Romans likewise had a large significant importance on the development of early Christianity during its first four centuries.
Both Roman Mithraism, like Iranian Mithraism were cults of loyalty toward its king. Many prominent Roman figures were among its initiates, and were encouraged by various Roman emperors, such as Commodus, Aurelian, Diocletian, Galerius and Licinius.
In 307, a temple was even dedicated to Mithra and he officially became the "Protector of the Empire".
The birthday of Mithra furthermore occurred during the Winter Solstice that celebrated the Natalis Solis Invicti on December 25th. This large celebration was known for signaling the birth of a young Sun god who sprang from a rock or a cave in the form of a newborn infant.
His triumph and ascension was celebrated at Easter, and as being the god of light, he also preformed the usual assortment of miracles; such as raising the dead, healing the sick, and casting out devils. Before returning to heaven, he celebrated a last supper with his 12 disciples on the zodiac.
In memory of this, his worshippers partook in a sacramental
meal of bread marked with a cross. It was called mizd, Latin
Greek maza, English mass.
This event became the very motivation as to why Jesus received his official birth anniversary on December 25th in accordance of the ancient pagan resurrecting solar godman in the Roman Empire, as before that, no one knew of his historical birth. St. Augustine even went as far as declaring that the priests of Mithra worshipped the same deity as he did.
Paul equally attested to knowing nothing about Jesus' birth, ministry and healings, which was alarming, as the origins of Christianity itself derive from Paul, and not Jesus. Paul doesn't even quote anything that Jesus is alleged to have said, nor did any of Jesus' original twelve disciples write of his teaching.
Afterwards, St. Augustine wrote that Christians ought not to celebrate Jesus' birth, like the heathens do on account of the Sun, but rather on account of god who made the Sun.
The early Jesus was regarded so much a Sun god himself to the ancients, that the term Jesus of Nazareth (Nazaroth) in Hebrew is actually the twelve signs of the zodiac. No city by this name existed during this time.
A church council further declared that it would be wrong to celebrate the birthday of Jesus as though he were a King Pharaoh.
Eventually though, this festival of "Christmas" became a civic holiday by the emperor Justinian where the events became so customary that it begun marking the beginning of the ceremonial year for Christians. The use of giving gifts, holly, mistletoe, yule logs, fruitcake, ringing bells, candles, wassail bowls, and decorating a tree however all derived from early pagan customs.
Many European countries still call this celebration "Yuletide" (or wheel of the Sun) a harvesting festival celebrated at the end of the year. None of which derive from Christian origins.
(Above) Mithra sacrificing the Bull of God under the sign of Taurus.
In spite of Mithraism being regarded as a late ascetical all male cult, with a priesthood consisting of celibate man and militants only, a much earlier feminal Mithra had been identified with the Persian goddess Anahita.
According to the Greek historian Herodotus, the ancient Persians worshipped a sky-goddess Mitra, the same as Mylitta, Assyria's Great Mother, and Alitta, known to the Arabians.
The Lydians then went about combining Mithra with his archaic
Mother/spouse Anahita as an androgynous Mithra-Anahita, as
distinguished with Sabazius-Anaitis of the Anatolian mystery cults.
It was a known fact that Mithraism had included these rituals a long time before the time of Jesus Christ.
In 1989, Mithraic scholar David Ulansey wrote the book "The Origins of the Mithraic Mysteries", in which he exhibited its local Anatolian descent in Tarsus, Turkey, the home of the apostle Paul, and dating well back to the representation of the astronomical situation from the Age of Taurus the Cow/Bull (4500-2400 BCE).
Many Scholars now agree that Paul, the founder of Christianity, likewise subsisted as the Pythagorean philosopher "Apollonius of Tyana" (after the Sun god Apollo) who was the former Solar Messiah to the figure of Jesus Christ.
Many Roman writers reference Apollonius as "Pol" and various comparisons have been made between them, such as being located at Tarsus, Ephesus and Rome at exactly the same time of each other.
Pol also had a companion called Demas, as Paul does with Damis.
Ancient Temples and Catacombs
The Catacombs eventually ceased after Christians came into jurisdiction and were later only rediscovered in 1578, where they were first thought to be ruins of ancient cities.
The catacombs extended six miles deep underground, and are also considered the single most precious collection of early Pagan and Christian art in the entire world. Believe it or not, Rome has some 600 miles of catacombs altogether, and today can even be found pictures of the baby Horus being held by the Virgin Isis-Meri (Mary) in what scholars have claimed is the original "Madonna and Child".
Hundreds of temples, sculptures, fragments and inscriptions dedicated to Mithras have likewise been found. The Mithraic cave temple on Vatican Hill that was seized and destroyed by literalist Christians in 376 CE, also lies directly underneath the Vatican.
Christian bishops of Rome additionally preempted the Mithraic high priest's title off Pater Patrum ("father" Egyptian for "Ptah") who was known as the "Papa." (the Pope)
The first Pope of the Catholic Church was Simon (a Gnostic), who was then later ironically enough renamed Peter (or Saint Peter) by the Roman Church.
The Mithraeum in Rome,
located directly under the Church of San Clemente.
In Britain, Mithra shrines have been uncovered under St. Pauls cathedral.
Also at Segentium on the Welsh border, and others on
Hadrian wall on the Scottish border, and anywhere near old Roman
garrison towns. In fact, every Roman garrison town had its Mithra
temple and shrine.
The word "Easter" stems from the Anglo-Saxon goddess of fertility "Eastra", or Oestre.
In Latin, Ishtar or Astarte. In the Old Testament, Astarte the Phoenician goddess of fertility was called "Ashtoreth the goddess of the Sidonians" and Ashtaroth, for which a great Spring festival was held in her honor.
According to the English theologian and historian Bede in the 8th century, early Germanic Christians acquired her name and ceremonies based on the resurrection of the Sun's ascendance in the "East" at the Vernal Equinox, when day and night were in equal length.
additionally called "April" Oster Monat (Moon), or the conceptive
phase of advancing into a new generative season.
March 21st to April 19th on the Zodiac being Aries the Ram, or Alpha Arietis being the brightest star in the constellation Aries. It is known as Hamal, an Arabic name meaning "Sheep".
In Egypt, this was known as the popular cult of Aries, or the Sun god Amon "RA"/"RAM", the Lamb of god.
Even still as an expression of faith today, Christians say "Amen", which is symbolized by the Ram (Lamb) and is a very important Easter symbol relating not only that to the Sun's death and rebirth, but also to the Lamb sacrificed during the Sun's Passover on the Zodiac.
(above) Mithra springing to birth in the womb, from an egg .
note the 12 zodiac signs, the 12 disciples of the Sun)
Correspondingly, the fertility goddess Astarte/Oestre's symbols are those representing rebirth (eggs) and her earthly Easter symbol is that of the prolific March hare, which would lay eggs for good children to eat for Easter celebrations.
This custom of exchanging eggs began when the ancients dyed them in Spring colors and gave them to their friends as gifts. They believed that the world egg was actually laid by the Moon goddess and was split open by the heat of a Sun god, hatching the world.
Never though will people find anything about the "Easter bunny", or "Easter eggs", or the actual festival of Easter itself mentioned anywhere in the Bible. It wasn't until the year 190 CE that Pope Victor I made Easter Sunday the official day of celebration for Christians in Rome.
went through many metamorphic stages of change as Christians adopted
it, and began exclusively calling the festival their own.
Source: Demolish Them!
Vlassis R. Rassias, Es Edafos Ferein - «Ες Έδαφος Φέρειν»
edisi ke-2, Athens, 2000, ISBN 960-7748-20-4