This is Ishtar – pronounced Easter


There’s this guy I know. He is so totally not my boyfriend. He’s an atheist in the sense that he believes in absolutely nothing at all. I believe in the powers of the universe, in the beauty of some of the messages held in most religions. We clash at times when discussing topics on re-incarnation or the essence of the soul. On those touchy subjects we agree to disagree.

Recently, my boyfriend posted a message on FaceBook which held the following capture :

Easter was originally the celebration of Ishtar, the Assyrian and Babylonian goddess of fertility and sex. Her symbols – like the egg and the bunny – were and still are fertility and sex symbols. Or did you actually think eggs and bunnies had anything to do with the resurrection ? After Constantine decided to Christianize the Empire, Easter was changed to represent Jesus. But at its roots, it is all about the celebration of fertility and sex.

I loved it, because it is true. You should read the Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown to get the full background of how paganism was reconciled with Christianity to form one accepted and instated religion under Emperor Constantine.

On Good Friday, we went out for a stroll down to the local supermarket to get some bare necessities. My boyfriend being the perfect gentleman of course carried home the goods as we chatted about all things in life and the universe at large. When it suddenly dawned on me that with all the goods he was holding, he was carrying the symbols of the goddess Ishtar, and thus he represented Easter in person.


For an atheist, I think he’s pretty awesome. And the devil wears Prada.

— Tremelo, Belgium (April 2017)



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