Spring Blogfest: Marlow Kelly

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The Easter Bunny

Do you ever wonder what the lovable Easter bunny has to do with the religious holiday of Easter? And more importantly, how did the Easter bunny ever come to lay eggs?

Most scholars agree that the Easter Bunny dates back to pagan Saxon Germany. It seems that the Saxons also had a springtime celebration in honor of Eostra, the goddess of fertility.

The 8th century monk, St Bede, mentions her,

“Eosturmonath has a name which is now translated ‘Paschal month’, and which was once called after a goddess of theirs named Eostre, in whose honour feasts were celebrated in that month. Now they designate that Paschal season by her name, calling the joys of the new rite by the time-honoured name of the old observance.” -Bede, The Reckoning of Time, AD 725

How does the rabbit fit into this? Some myths say that Eostra’s favorite animal was a rabbit because they breed like…well…rabbits. Other scholars say that the goddess changed a songbird into a rabbit. The songbird wasn’t happy about this, and so once a year, at springtime it was able to change back into a songbird and lay eggs.

It wasn’t unusual for Christians to adopt pagan celebrations and give them a Christian twist. And so the holiday of Eostra became Easter. This isn’t as big a leap as you might think. A pagan spring ritual commemorating a renewal of life can easily be converted to God rising from the dead. Both are about life and hope. When German settlers came to Pennsylvania they brought the symbolic Easter Bunny with them, although it wasn’t until the 1950’s and 60’s that the Easter Bunny became the massed marketed creature we know today.

MARLOW AWomanofLove_w9051_750When her dissolute husband insists that Lady Annabel Peters bed one of his villainous cohorts to repay a gambling debt, she is scandalized. But she is forced to agree because he controls every aspect of her life.

A physically and emotionally crippled war hero, James Drake has retreated from society. At the request of his brother, he manipulates events so he can interrogate Annabel, a woman he thinks may be part of a ring of thieves.

Neither of them count on an instant and overwhelming attraction. James may now believe Annabel but she suspects her husband plans to kill her. As one of her husband’s friends, James is not to be trusted.

Yet how can she escape a man who has the ability to control her with a gentle kiss?

About the Author: After being thrown out of England for refusing to drink tea, Marlow Kelly made her way to Canada where she found love, a home and a pug named Max. She also discovered her love of storytelling. Encouraged by her husband, children and let’s not forget Max, she started putting her ideas to paper. Her need to write about strong women in crisis drives her stories and her curiosity regarding the lives and loves of historical figures are the inspiration for her characters.

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  1. Rita Wray says:

    Interesting post, I enjoyed reading it.

  2. Thank you for having me as a guest.

  3. Lovely post, and interesting history. I love this kind of thing. I really like your book cover, too – very eye catching!! Cheers, D

  4. It’s Monday and I’ve now learned something new for the day!
    Well done,

  5. Great post, isn’t it amazing how all these old pagan beliefs were taken into and made a part of our modern day celebrations? I always find this sooo interesting, but this is first time I read about the Easter Bunny.

    • Thanks for everything Hebby. I was curious too, so I looked it up for this post. I could never get the connection between the religious holiday of Easter and the bunny. Now I know 🙂

  6. Enjoyed reading your post, it was very interesting.

  7. I didn’t realize the bunny and Easter went back so far. Very interesting.

  8. Fun post, Marlow!

  9. Hi Marlow:

    Enjoyed your post. Had to laugh as I’m blogging on Thursday and my post sounds just about like yours. Wanted to honor Ostera and the older customs. My two bunnies made me do it!

  10. Oh Gini, I’m so sorry. It never occurred to me that anyone would write a similar blog. But I find this stuff fascinating, so you know I’ll be reading and commenting on your post.

  11. Great post, Marlow! I had no idea 🙂

  12. interesting info

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  13. Fun Facts! Good post, and your book sounds really good!!

  14. Great post. Enjoyed the blurb. Happy Easter!

  15. Loved this excerpt. This sounds like a really good book.

  16. And the answer to that burning question everyone wanted to know but we were afraid to ask: How we got the Easter Bunny. Very interesting information in your post. Your book sounds like a hot story too.

  17. LOL, thanks Karen.

  18. Loved the post Marlow!

  19. Interesting post since I never knew the background of the Easter bunny.

  20. Barbara Elness says:

    I enjoyed the Easter bunny post, very interesting. 😀

  21. Tara Woods says:

    What an interesting tidbit. This is new to me. Thanks for the post.

  22. Nikolina says:

    Whell, finally I know what the Easter bunny has to do with Easter! 🙂

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