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Moment of disbelief

While having breakfast this morning, I overheard the woman at the table next to ours repeatedly asking both her date and the waitress (while chatting) why its an Easter bunny and not an Easter chicken. She seemed to have no idea where those elements of the Easter symbolism come from or what they represent. How do people who celebrate these religious holidays not know these things?

I wanted to lean over to their table and say "It's the sex, stupid." but I didn't think that would go over well.

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djinnthespazz
Apr. 7th, 2007 03:32 pm (UTC)
ClueLess.
They don't even know about Astarte, who gave her name to the day.
djinnthespazz
Apr. 7th, 2007 03:35 pm (UTC)
Re: ClueLess.
Nevermind the plausible connection to Astarte and Ashtoreth, whom they SHOULD know, if they are following along with their programs...
olletho
Apr. 7th, 2007 03:47 pm (UTC)
May May the first of May,
Outside fucking starts today!
djinnthespazz
Apr. 7th, 2007 04:02 pm (UTC)
Time to regenerate the fields.
Have the sacrifices been chosen?
solar_mango
Apr. 7th, 2007 04:54 pm (UTC)
"How do people who celebrate these religious holidays not know these things?"

Very easily. You don't need to be religious to celebrate something. People may not know the origins of something, but a season may have a different meaning for them. For some, it's all about the chocolate, or spring, or a long weekend etc.
Anyways, don't mistake ignorance for stupidity.

That being said, the symbolism of bunnies and eggs is about as subtle as a sledge hammer.
curgoth
Apr. 7th, 2007 05:10 pm (UTC)
In context, she was also talking about going to church, so she was at least somewhat religious.

I guess I'm so surprised because, if I recall correctly, the history of the various religious holidays was something I learned in public school, so I've known so long it seems like it requires deliberate avoidance of information or a serious failure to think clearly to not get the symbolism.
javenallese
Apr. 8th, 2007 02:10 am (UTC)
I didn't learn anything about religious holidays until I got with Djinn - at least not consciously. They weren't covered in school and my family, though Roman Catholic, didn't practice and I was only in catechism for one year. So I really don't know much beyond what Djinn has mentioned.
tulzscha
Apr. 7th, 2007 08:02 pm (UTC)
All I learned about Easter symbolism I learned from the most recent episode of South Park.
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