Aw, come on, guys! Really? Do you have to put me through this again?
Look, your first clue that this is bullshit should be that they’re claiming Ishtar’s symbols are fucking eggs and bunnies, when it’s blatantly obvious, even from this very picture, that her symbols are the lions chilling with her at the gate, and also the eight pointed star. Do you see any bunnies or eggs in this picture? I didn’t think so.
If you think eggs have nothing to do with resurrection then apparently you don’t know what a phoenix is. And that’s just the easiest example I could pull off the top of my head without digging through the articles on this again. (Bunnies - or more correctly “Hares” - are a little more ambiguous, but have ties to resurrection in old literature.)
And “Easter”, which has its roots in English/Germanic languages not Babylonian, isn’t even what the rest of the Judeo-Christian world calls it. It’s “Passover”… which is why you have Italy calling it Pasqua, coming from the Greek “Pascha”.
What really kills me is that you have people so hellbent on making the Christians look stupid (and why is pagan roots or fertility an insult again? hmm??) that they ignore a perfectly awesome part of Ishtar’s mythology that would actually make more sense if you were trying to prove Easter was based off her. Ishtar descends into the fucking underworld and comes back. If that doesn’t scream resurrection, I don’t know what does. Of course, when you read further into the myth, you’ll find more parallels with Persephone and Orpheus than you would Jesus… but still!
I just don’t understand how people don’t see this for the blatant troll it is when it gets so many things about Ishtar’s mythology incorrect. It’s a transparent attempt at trying to scandalize the pearl-clutchers by saying that a Christian holiday is secretly about pagan sexy fun times. Even if there was evidence for a legitimate connection between Ishtar and Easter, I guarantee the person who created this infographic is not privy to anything remotely academic on the subject.
See my original posts for links to articles on the subject: [click]
Or, ya know, take two damned seconds to wikipedia Ishtar.