Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Ishtar. Spring. Ducks.
I know I am a bit late with this... but I had one of those Eureka moments when I realized that Ishtar, the Assyrian and Babylonian goddess of fertility, love, sex and war gave rise to words like Oestre, Estrus, Estara, and, yes, Easter. Suddenly, it all made sense. I had read about this goddess, and her cultural equivalents Astarte, Isis and Cybeles to name just a few that spring to mind, but I had never made this (now obvious) relationship. No wonder we look for eggs and bunnies on Easter. I feel like the kids in South Park when they go around trying to unveil the relationship between Jesus and the bunny. I really, truly hope this will all mean renewal, life, birth and hope as translated in our lives. At least Spring seems to finally have arrived (I don't want to say settled, because, who am I kidding?) in Northern Europe. We have had two straight days of sunshine and blue skies.