As I write this, the Easter holidays are just beginning. In their honour, I have a question about Easter:
I've widely heard that the name of the festival has its roots in its pagan origins, and particularly a goddess called Eostre.
The name of this festival, itself, shows its heathen origin. "Easter" is derived from Eastre, or Eostre, the Anglo-Saxon Goddess of spring and dawn. There also is some historical connection existing between the words "Easter" and "East," where the sun rises. The festival of Eostre was celebrated on the day of the Vernal Equinox (spring). Traditions associated with the festival of the Teutonic fertility Goddess survive in the Easter rabbit and colored eggs.
However, I have also hear that this idea of a precursor goddess was invented in the 8th century.
Who should I believe?