Where comes Easter Bunny?

Where comes Easter Bunny?

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Rabbits? Why just bunnies? No sooner are the last chocolate Santas disappeared from the supermarket shelves, already something there, the long-eared Easter representatives wide. The rumor that chocolate Easter bunnies were made from melted Santas, stubbornly persists, but neither proved nor refuted. In a blind tasting the different chocolate shells were (the technical term) is probably difficult to distinguish from each other. But does this actually beside the point. We are interested more the question of the selection of the rabbit as a symbol animal for Easter. Who is behind it?

Coca-Cola has missed the Santa Claus in the 1930s, his beard and the red and white outfit, is also a rumor, but it speak many circumstantial evidence. But who perpetrated the Easter Bunny? One thing is certain: The rabbit is a mammal and as such lays eggs. But here one is looking for a logical track, this would lead inevitably to the chicken. This sets known to the eggs, is responsible for its distribution then the hare. But a chicken in the Easter advertising? None. Easter chicken sounds funny. So we go on a search for the origin of the Easter Bunny. For this we should be short again talk the religious meaning of Easter in mind. Yes, there it really, even if it is not familiar to most. So a little refresher:

The religious background

Easter begins with "Holy Thursday" the day of remembrance of the Last Supper of Jesus with his disciples. The next "Good Friday" was allegedly crucified Jesus. From "Easter Sunday" is then concluded with grief: that day was the empty grave was discovered by Jesus. The Bible after the resurrected Son of God has then been seen on "Easter Monday" by two disciples. As far as the biblical tradition. The name "Easter" could go back to the pagan goddess Ostara Altgermanen-: their icons bunny and egg were assigned. However, this theory comes from one of the Brothers Grimm and thus could also be the fairy tale kingdom have sprung. Of course there is, as for any legend, even for the origin of the Easter Bunny a number of explanations. Here in brief only the most popular theories:

The urban theory

After a long winter the food is running out for the long ears in the country in the spring. In this case, they need right now to push through the fresh young more food. Looking for something to eat it attracts the bunnies at Easter time parents therefore grown in gardens and parks in urban areas.

The protestant theory

In the course of Lent is often a big egg stock piled, which had to be consumed as soon as possible. For children who do not yet understand the custom of Lent, resourceful parents who once thought the Easter Bunny. His (hidden) eggs souvenirs saved them lengthy explanations why the egg consumption fast so drastically in the air after Lent.

The germanic theory

The multiplication joyful rabbit was in antiquity as a faithful companion of the Germanic earth goddess Holda and the goddess of love Aphrodite. He figured it were a direct line to heaven and was the perfect symbol of Jesus' resurrection at Easter and its 40 days later held journey to heaven (Ascension).

The symbolic theory

"The hare and the spoon three, and yet every bunny has two" presents the famous "Three bunny motif" in verse is. You can see this picture of three jumping in a circle rabbits among other things as window motif in the Cathedral of Paderborn. It already adorned medieval painted eggs for Easter and could have served as a blueprint, so to speak of the Easter Bunny.

The competition has had its day

Today, the rabbit has prevailed as the sole supplier eggs at Easter and gouged all the competitors for this post. It looked in the 16th century still different and depending on the region all other animals were heavily engaged in the distribution of Easter eggs. In Thuringia, the stork brought the eggs by air freight, Reineke Fuchs was supplying all of Hesse, the Swiss got their eggs from the cuckoo, in Saxony and Holstein the eggs arrived by Hahn and last but not least, the donkey was taking care of the egg supply in Fulda. The means by which the hare this concentrated competition has turned off, is unfortunately not known.

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Published : 04/7/2017 13:31:50