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Dept. of Easter

A Thought From An Unbeliever

Easter Sunday is almost over here, and long past elsewhere, but since I've been fiddling around with this idea for a couple of days, I figured I could post it. 

I'm ambivalent, to say the very least about religions; somewhat less so about faith. However, I find at least one thing intriguing and almost positive about Christian Easter.

There are lots of examples of humans sacrificing to gods to say a) please don't kill me, b) please give me something, c) thank you for not killing me, d) thank you for giving me something. Easter is one of the few examples I know of during which a god supposedly sacrifices itself for humans. 

I'm sure folks could provide me with lots of other examples of that sort of thing. I'd be interested in hearing about them.

And to those among my friends who are believers, may Easter have been a day of joy for you. 
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a_phoenixdragon
Apr. 24th, 2019 11:46 pm (UTC)
This is a beautiful thought. I believe the Holly King and the Oak King are the closest in this concept, but I must admit I'm a little vague on the legends.

*HUGS*
kaffyr
Apr. 30th, 2019 10:38 pm (UTC)
Thanks to your comment, I went and did massive research (Googled and read more than one thing, ahem ...) and was rewarded with new knowledge. I'd already known about the Horned Hunt in the fall, but hadn't known that the Oak and Holly Kings were sort of caught in a cycle of needing each other, but having to kill each other off. It's sort of halfway between the "Please Moloch, let me sacrifice my child to you so that you don't kill the rest of my city and my family" and the "Hey, let me send you part of Me in human form so that you can hang him on a tree, kill him, and let him be Levitican Scapegoat 2.0" of the Christian Easter. It's sort of "Hey, the forces of the turning seasons are all pretty powerful, they understand each other, and even care for each other ... but, uh, only one can be in the room at any given time, so, yeah, with great love and respect, they've gotta kill each other, and - hey! Guess what? It helps humanity!"

Does that make any sense?
a_phoenixdragon
May. 1st, 2019 12:44 am (UTC)
That is about what I remember. I always equated Jesus with the Holly King (though that is likely incorrect). Not exact, but close...

*HUGS*
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