Easter is risen! Indeed she is risen!
Éastre arás! Sóþlice héo arás!
Kórê anéstê! Alêthós anéstê!
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If the Old Gods exist—I would contend that they do—one would expect them to show themselves differently to different peoples in different times and places.
And that, in fact, is exactly what we find.
Forthwith, in this season of Dawn, a tantalizing glimpse of a non-Indo-European Dawn.
In their well-favored land by the Tyrrhenian (“Etruscan”) Sea, the ancient Tuscans called her Thesan, a goddess whose sister-selves include Vedic Ushas, Greek Eos, Latin Aurora, and English Easter.
We're getting our dawns back.
At the latitude at which I live—44.9798º N—we lose our dawns during the winter. The Sun goes down; it's dark. The Sun comes up; it's light. But the rich, varied colors of Dawn—the roses, the ambers, the saffrons, the teals—go down into the Dark of the Year and are gone.
But now they're returning. Into the colorless world of winter, color comes flooding back.
The Dawn of the Seasons, the Dawn of the Year, approaches. For 6000 years and more, spring has been the special season of Dawn, ever-young goddess, and the many and varied dawn goddesses of the Indo-European-speaking world are known wherever those languages are spoken. In English we call her Easter.
Some have postulated a myth in which, through the dark winter, Dawn is held captive in the Underworld. And now she's coming back to us again, free at last.
The problem I am running into, as I try to fulfill my promise of writing something for each of the divinities placed in the atheists’ “god graveyard”, is trying to find enough information on some of the divinities. For them, I tend to resort to poetry and prayers. The Incan/Aztec divinities have been especially hard. As everywhere I look, there are the same miniscule bits of information, repeated over and over. Not complaining, just stating the challenges I have faced in order to fulfill my promise. This week’s divinity (#17) is Chasca, Incan goddess of dawn and dusk, symbolized by the planet Venus.
The next divinity in my tribute to the deities in the “god graveyard” is the Northern European Eostre (Eastre, Ostara) goddess of the dawn and of spring.