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Origins of holidays
    #1765990 - 07/31/03 02:32 PM (13 years, 4 months ago)

http://www.alanwatts.net/forum/index.cgi?read=3292

After reading this, it certainly illustrates the use of symbolism religions create to describe philosophy. In this case, the Easter/Birth of Christ holidays are used to describe the birth, death, and rebirth process similar to many other religions. If you also notice, Easter also has come to have an ?Easter Bunny? hiding eggs for kids to find. Eggs might be symbolic for the in vitro state of conception, as others have suggested.

I personally believe that many stories and myths were created to help relate a moral, rather than the current accepted idea that these events happened exactly as written. Since these ideas are passed down as truth, and only priests and other "wise" men can interpret them, they have become used as control device, and have lost their original meaning.


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Re: Origins of holidays [Re: Twirling]
    #1768841 - 08/01/03 11:46 AM (13 years, 4 months ago)

Interesting..


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Re: Origins of holidays [Re: Twirling]
    #1768871 - 08/01/03 12:06 PM (13 years, 4 months ago)

Easter has Pagan roots. Christians just altered it.

Origins of Easter

Easter, again


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Re: Origins of holidays [Re: Darkcloud]
    #1769135 - 08/01/03 01:40 PM (13 years, 4 months ago)

alan watts wrote a book (1950) called _easter, its story and meaning_
see if your library will order it for your --- it is worth a read...


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Re: Origins of holidays [Re: Twirling]
    #1769501 - 08/01/03 03:22 PM (13 years, 4 months ago)

thanks twirling and everyone for this thread. just reading it now. i've got some old recordings of watts talking philosophy and religion. he sounds as good as he reads.

indecisive day today  :wink:


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