Every year at Ostara, everyone begins chatting about a goddess of spring known as Eostre. According to the stories, she is a goddess associated with flowers and springtime, and her name gives us the word "Easter", as well as the name of Ostara itself.
However, if you start to dig around for information on Eostre, you'll find that much of it is the same. In fact, nearly all of it is Wiccan and Pagan authors who describe Eostre in a similar fashion.
Very little is available on an academic level. So where does the Eostre story come from?
Eostre first makes her appearance in literature about thirteen hundred years ago in the Venerable Bede's Temporum Ratione. Bede tells us that April is known as Eostremonath, and is named for a goddess that the Anglo-Saxons honored in the spring. He says, "Eosturmonath has a name which is now translated "Paschal month", and which was once called after a goddess of theirs named Eostre, in whose honor feasts were celebrated in that month.
After that, there's not a lot of information about her, until Jacob Grimm and his brother came along in the 1800s. Jacob said that he found evidence of her existence in the oral traditions of certain parts of Germany, but there's really no written proof.
Ostara (en antiguo inglés, Eostre) es el nombre de una antigua divinidad germánica de la primavera, cuyo primer antecedente documental procede del monje bendictinoBeda el Venerable, quien en su libro historiográfico, "De Temporum Ratione", afirma que los anglosajones llamaban al mes de abril eosturmonath, en homenaje a una divinidad de ese nombre, Ēostre, quien se halla detrás del nombre de la pascua en inglés: Easter. Luego es Jacob Gri
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