We`re Not Sure What Religion This Is... [Pic]

Submitted by: fancylad 6 years ago Funny

But we love their religious ceremonies.
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Female 635
looks like something they do in some parts in mexico for easter

not sure what it is, im not catholic
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Male 12,365
[quote]It clearly is. (The ritual depicted as well as hares, eggs, bonfires)
I just wanted to point out that Easter is not like Christmas. Christmas was invented to compete with pagan pagan holidays. Easter is genuine christian. Some people don`t know that and make a fool of themselfs arguing that all christian holidays are stolen from the pagans.[/quote]

Maybe not all. There are a lot of them.

The name is pagan, the timing is pagan, the customs are pagan, even the underlying theme (a fresh start, a new cycle) is the same as the pre-existing pagan celebrations...but Easter is genuinely Christian? That seems a bit of a stretch to me. Maybe it is a coincidence.
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Female 2,509
3 guys are sitting around discussing what Easter is. The 1st guys says, "I know what Easter is. It`s when the easter bunny goes to each house and says trick-or-treat & people give him candy."

The 2nd guy goes, "NO, that is halloween. Easter is when the bunny goes house to house and leaves gifts for all the little good boys and girls."

The 3rd guy smiles patiently says, "No, that is Christmas. What Easter is is the day Christ was crucified. The Roman soldiers gambled for his clothes and they mocked him calling him King of the Jews. When he gave up the spirit Joseph of Aremathea requested his body and buried him in a tomb. On the third day Christ rose, and if he sees his shadow we have six more weeks of winter"

Bahahahahaahah
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Male 231
that dude posted some pretty sweet eggs!!! :|
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Female 236
"I thought Easter was a shameless ripoff from the jewish Pesach?" Easters is a shameless ripoff off almost everything o.O

Eddie Izzard on the subject:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=_XJfRzNOJNE
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Male 1,164
Flibmeister; look to the left of the guy on the left.

Happy Easter.
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Male 7
This is not a religion.It`s a hungarian tradition. On the second day of easter the towns men visit the woman to shower them whit whater and earn painted eggs in return.



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NfLbYHfaa88


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Male 116
I thought Easter was a shameless ripoff from the jewish Pesach?
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Female 38
Religion is funny :-)
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Female 833
if easter is the celebration of jesus` death and rebirth, then why do we have pagan symbols of birth such as rabbits and eggs and not chocolate dead-guys nailed to crosses?
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Male 101
The bitch is obviously getting baptized. Do you really need 9,000 paragraphs per comment to explain it?
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Male 723
osmandias,

"Easter is genuine christian."

In fact, although it could be debated which came first, the Germanic festival of Ostara, the holidays that celebrate the spring equinox and the goddess Ôstarâ specifically, has been written about since at least the 8th century and is known to predate that time period. Though the Christian festival of "Easter" may predate this specific practice, it is not to say that the church did not coopt its rituals and even its name. But, that is also not to say that The celebration of the spring equinox in general, however, does not far predate the Christian equivalent. Your assertion that Easter is a purely Christian holiday is no more than wishful thinking.

LJ
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Male 205
@Angilion: "Do you have a better explanation for the name of the festival ..."
No. Eostre/Ostara are obvious and I thought it to be true before I heard of the scepticism. But to place this believe on just one source is a bit weak. I don`t argue that it`s false, just that it might be.
"Looks pagan to me."
It clearly is. (The ritual depicted as well as hares, eggs, bonfires)
I just wanted to point out that Easter is not like Christmas. Christmas was invented to compete with pagan pagan holidays. Easter is genuine christian. Some people don`t know that and make a fool of themselfs arguing that all christian holidays are stolen from the pagans.

"The early Christian church had a deliberate policy of taking over ..."
Yep. But there was also the plan to strip of all the pagan rituals. In that they failed.
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Female 1,682
xD Looks like fun to me.
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Female 444
Its just water (I assume)... Go to any college and they`ll do the same to you. Just with beer.
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Male 12,365
osmandias:

Do you have a better explanation for the name of the festival, the time of the festival (i.e. spring, like so many pagan festivals) and all the fertility-related customs surrounding it, none of which are Christian? Looks pagan to me.

The early Christian church had a deliberate policy of taking over whatever religious observances were most common in whatever part of the world the church was trying to take over at the time. It`s unlikely that they`d avoid doing so for the spring festival, given its importance.
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Female 427
I don`t think it`s a religion.
Looks like a fetish to me.
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Male 2,748
WET... formal costume?... CONTEST!! GO!!!
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Male 2,549
It looks more like a traditional village custom...
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Female 859
oh my... o.o
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Male 36,400
vvv What Pui says! Just like celebrating St.Patric`s Day doesn`t (permanently) make you Irish!
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Male 353
"these religious debates are quite tiresome, dont you have something better to do then argue on the internet? "

If we did, we wouldn`t be on IAB.
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Female 1,283
Welcome to the intranetz, Raberboom.
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Male 833
these religious debates are quite tiresome, dont you have something better to do then argue on the internet?

No? oh ok then.
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Female 3
Im Slovakian and I know my grandpa always chases me around the yard with a bucket full of water during easter...its very annoying and im pretty sure the neighbours think hes crazy
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Male 205
damn, who cut the link?
try: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eostre
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Male 893
sigh...another religious debate :-(
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Male 772
"In both cases, there was an element of courtship or at least sexual attraction."

Yeah, it looks more like a wedding tradition than anything else.
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Male 205
@Angilion: "Only after Christianity usurped and corrupted the religious festival of Easter, which is far older than Christianity. Easter is a deity who was worshipped in much of Europe. She`s most commonly associated with fertility. That`s why her main festival is in spring. It`s also why the symbols of the Easter festival are eggs and rabbits, both strong fertility symbols. Various spring rituals existed, for various deities, to promote fertility in people, animals and crops."

Easter is a genuine christian holy day, in fakt the one that defines christianity. And the exact date of easter is knowen from the bible.
So easter wasn`t created to "usurp" a pagan feast, like christmas.
But some pagan traditions survived christianisation, so we still have bunnies, eggs, bonfires and what is depicted here.
The godess eostre/ostara may possibly not have existed as you can read
Male 893
[quote]Neither am I, but it`s fairly common knowledge.[/quote]

Actually, no it`s not. At least not here in America where most of us are Christians that know poo about pre-Christian traditions.
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Male 12,365
[quote]pretty stupid description/question for the picture... get an education before you open your mouth next time[/quote]

Take your own advice. They are probably Christian, but the ritual they`re involved in comes from an older religion. Which you`d know if you were better educated.

If you`re going to flame someone, be very sure of your own ground. Otherwise, you look silly.
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Male 12,365
[quote]Yeah I always wondered what easter had to do with bunnies and eggs. I`m no expert on the subject.[/quote]

Neither am I, but it`s fairly common knowledge.

If you want to look into it more, you`ll probably get the best results searching for Oestre. Same pronunciation, but it makes the connection with eggs more strongly and is more commonly used today. It would originally have been spoken rather than written, so the spelling isn`t fixed.
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Male 12,365
A brief look at the Slovakian custom mentioned leads me to see a possible connection with the ancient Roman festival of Lupercalia. That took place in February, but in the original Roman calendar February was later than it is now, i.e. in spring.

AnarchistGod pointed out the name Smigus-Dyngus. They are both gods, older than Christianity. Drenching with water is for Dyngus and a symbolic whipping (not a real one, it`s not meant to harm) is for Smigus.

The Romans used blood in Lupercalia, a religious festival so old that even the ancient Romans had forgotten its origins, but the symbolic whipping was there as well.

In both cases, there was an element of courtship or at least sexual attraction.

So yes, this is a religious custom. Not a Christian one, although unsurprisingly Christianity usurped and corrupted it later.
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Male 893
@Angilion

Yeah I always wondered what easter had to do with bunnies and eggs. I`m no expert on the subject.
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Male 418
um... the crucifix in plain sight means they are christian, most likely catholic, but possibly some european orthodox christian. The outfits are more ethnic than religious.... pretty stupid description/question for the picture... get an education before you open your mouth next time
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Male 893

[quote]Maybe she stinks and there washing her![/quote]

Or maybe vilem`s statement is true.
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Male 12,365
myho: [quote]Hey, it is not a religion, it is Easter tradition here in central Europe. We do that for girls to be healthy in the following year.[/quote]


AnarchistGod: [quote]Easter itself is an annual religious feast in the Christian liturgical year.[/quote]

Only after Christianity usurped and corrupted the religious festival of Easter, which is far older than Christianity. Easter is a deity who was worshipped in much of Europe. She`s most commonly associated with fertility. That`s why her main festival is in spring. It`s also why the symbols of the Easter festival are eggs and rabbits, both strong fertility symbols. Various spring rituals existed, for various deities, to promote fertility in people, animals and crops.

[quote]We do that for girls to be healthy in the following year.[/quote]

Health and fertility are of course connected. I bet there was more emphasis on fertility in this ritual in the past.
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Female 1,604
love learning about other`s customs and traditions..
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Male 894
girl`s not wearing a thin white Tshirt, *fail*
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Male 25,416
Maybe she stinks and there washing her!
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Female 3,574
The Easter bunny though isn`t really "christian", either. I`d call it a secular celebration related to a religious holiday. I wouldn`t consider people who celebrate Easter by decorating eggs or Christmas by giving gifts from "Santa Claus" Christian, unless they also celebrate in other ways. It`s possible for it to be a tradition that just happens to be related to Easter. That doesn`t really make it religious.
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Male 893
[quote]Hey, it is not a religion, it is Easter tradition here in central Europe.[/quote]

Easter itself is an annual religious feast in the Christian liturgical year.
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Male 893
It`s called Smigus-Dyngus. It`s part of my family tradition.
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Male 893
People in Poland do something similar the day after Easter Sunday.
I do use to do it in school.
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Male 15,510
Why you assume is some kind of religious ritual? looks more like a dancing to me
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Male 10
Hey, it is not a religion, it is Easter tradition here in central Europe. We do that for girls to be healthy in the following year.
That is my most favorite thing about Easter
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Female 63
those people are actually croatioan. I recodnise the outfits. I Used to be with a Slovac dance group, their clothes are croatian
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Male 58
not sure if it`s religious or not, but there`s a day in Slovakia, possibly other countries too, where boys throw water at girls, for some reason. Probably mating rights or territory. This is not the same as Songkran in Thailand, where everyone chucks water at everyone else. But yeah, Slovakia...
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Male 372
She`s a witch, and their dealing with her appropriately.
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Female 2,509
no, no fundraising for the new church wing....Wet Dirndl Contest!!!
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Female 2,509
I baptize you in the name of the ........
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Male 440
They look German and I see a cross with Jesus on it so....
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Female 3,574
Old school wet t-shirt contest?
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Male 10,440
Hey fancy! I think its pretty obvious what religion these people follow, LOOK at the picture before you post it!
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Male 7,585
sexy.................kind of.
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Female 125
Must be cold.
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Male 19,842
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