Easter, Step by Step
- Ancient Babylonians and Syrians worshipped the goddess Ishtar.
- Among Semitic worshippers, the same goddess was called Astarte.
- When her cult spread to Europe, her name evolved into Ostara.
- The name came into Anglo-Saxon as Eastre.
Canny Christian missionaries incorporated some of the features into their celebration of the Resurrection.
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