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Posted on 2005.03.24 at 17:53
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Here is an interesting opinion piece in which the author attacks the Easter Bunny as being a bad symbol for easter, having nothing to do with this important Christian holiday. He feels it ought to be abolished.
The thing that makes it interesting for me is his illustration of the absurdity of the symbolism: "It's like if on Yom Kippur, Jews the world over solemnly atoned for their sins, right after lining up to visit a giant purple aardvark named 'Kippy.'"
Point taken!


yaffa at 2005-03-25 00:46 (UTC) (Link)
What I want to know is why the Easter Bunny isn't good, yet a jollyl, red, patron saint of everything from Russia to thieves is perfectly alright for celebrating Jesus' birthday?

And for the record, Mr. Chianca, Kippy is a pink procupine. And if he bounced around on Yom Kippur giving chocolates, he'd have a heck of a lot of people lined up!
theservant at 2005-03-25 02:00 (UTC) (Link)
I think that Ashkenazim have a pink porcupine, and Sefardim have a purple aardvark. Or maybe its the other way. And sfard has a bright orange toroise.
yaffa at 2005-03-25 13:52 (UTC) (Link)
Wow, I never realized what a diverse, eclectic society us Jews are. At least we don't have a giant purple dinosaur.
theservant at 2005-03-25 13:53 (UTC) (Link)
I think the karaites did...
yaffa at 2005-03-25 14:15 (UTC) (Link)
No, they had the puce mutant crocodile. Easily mistaken for the giant purple dinosaur, except they eyes are on the side of the head, not the front.
theservant at 2005-03-25 16:02 (UTC) (Link)
Thanks for clearing that up!
dividedbyzero at 2005-03-25 02:20 (UTC) (Link)
Actually, I think I'd be more prepared for fasting had I visited Kippy beforehand. It's a thought, anyway.
theservant at 2005-03-25 02:23 (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, I think that this guy's editorial could backfire...
moroveus at 2005-03-25 18:55 (UTC) (Link)
That's what happens when a religion absorbs another--they're stuck with the symbols and vestiges for hundreds, if not thousands, of years. If the Christians don't want to have an Easter bunny, maybe they should invent their own holiday for a change instead of just co-opting everyone elses. The author makes it sound like the symbol of the Easter bunny is arbitrary, and it isn't. Goddamn, I'm an atheist, and it never ceases to amaze me how much more I know about Christianity than the people who profess to believe in it.
theservant at 2005-03-25 21:05 (UTC) (Link)
yeah, well... where did they find an egg-laying bunny to absorb? Who were the egg-laying bunny worshippers?
moroveus at 2005-03-25 21:35 (UTC) (Link)
"Easter" is just the Christanized version of Eostre/Ostara: a pre-Christian pagan rite of spring that focuses on fertility and rebirth, historically symbolized across various cultures (particularly Norse and Germanic) by bunnies and eggs. Christianity co-opted the symbology of rebirth for obvious reasons...
theservant at 2005-03-25 21:36 (UTC) (Link)
Well at least you didn't say it was derived from Ishtar. I still want to see bunny worshippers.
metalclarinet at 2005-04-02 04:55 (UTC) (Link)
Last time I went to a Purim service one of the Rabbis was dressed in a gorilla costume. Get it: megillah gorilla.
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