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ORAC
31st Mar 2018, 06:22
With a camera that is......

The Times: Help to solve mystery of the first Easter bunny

The public are being invited to take part in a hunt to discover the origins of the Easter bunny. Researchers from the universities of Exeter, Oxford and Leicester want people visiting historic places in Britain to help to collect evidence of the earliest representations of rabbits and hares. The images such as paintings, sculptures, physical remains, objects or artefacts can be sent via smartphone or tablet on the Ancient Animals app.

Neither the European rabbit nor the brown hare is native to Britain. Little is known about how or when they came to Britain or how they came to be associated with the Christian festival of Easter.

Naomi Sykes, a professor at the University of Exeter, said: “The origins of the Easter bunny are still a real mystery. We want the public to help us find lots more. We hope they look at church carvings, museum collections and pub signs and tell us what they’ve found.”

The first mention of Easter was by the 8th-century author the Venerable Bede, who wrote about a festival for the goddess Eostre.

More details about the project can be found at Welcome | Exploring the Easter Eg. (http://www.easter-origins.org).

Ogre
31st Mar 2018, 06:41
It will probably come back to one of the things the Romans did for us......:suspect:

G-CPTN
31st Mar 2018, 06:45
It will probably come back to one of the things the Romans did for us......:suspect:

In which case one wonders how many they imported - two?

sitigeltfel
31st Mar 2018, 07:06
It was a hare, not a rabbit, originating from Lutheran folklore.

Krystal n chips
31st Mar 2018, 07:15
With a camera that is......

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Neither the European rabbit nor the brown hare is native to Britain. Little is known about how or when they came to Britain or how they came to be associated with the Christian festival of Easter.

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ORAC,

There's yer answer, right there. S'obvious innit

Their descendants were all illegal immigrants wot hopped over from the EU.

And besides, shurely everybody knows Easter bunnies come covered in gold foil from a chocolate company beginning with "L".

meadowrun
31st Mar 2018, 07:23
Noticed how expensive Cadbury's Crème Eggs (Milk, Sugar, Cocoa butter, Cocoa mass, Vegetable fat, Emulsifiers (E442, E476, Soya lecithin), Flavourings), Fondant (47%) (Sugar, Glucose syrup, Invert sugar syrup, Dried egg white, Flavouring, Colour (Paprika extract) are these days.


On SALE at 3 for $3.
Pity, always liked a bit of Fondant and E476.

UniFoxOs
31st Mar 2018, 07:51
Deep fried are best - the eggs, that is, not the rabbits.

DaveReidUK
31st Mar 2018, 08:08
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Sallyann1234
31st Mar 2018, 09:13
Nah, this is where the bunnies came from:

The woman who gave birth to rabbits (and other hoaxes) - BBC News (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-43073391)

Allan Lupton
31st Mar 2018, 09:23
From the Grauniad a few years ago:

Mechta
31st Mar 2018, 10:41
Here in New Zealand (just visiting) there's a bit of a contradiction. The shops are full of Easter bunnies in all shapes and sizes, yet, according to the local newspaper, the farmers are spreading new strains of myxomatosis this year to eradicate the poor little blighters (the real bunnies, that is). They reckon they will kill 40% of them before they develop resistance.

TURIN
31st Mar 2018, 10:54
how they came to be associated with the Christian festival of Easter.

Eh? Pagan shurely.

pax britanica
31st Mar 2018, 11:07
much like Christmas and Yule/Jul Easter or a holiday/celebration or renewal around this time has a religous and pagan side to it.

In Sweden for instance Easter is 'Posk ' and there is very little religion in evidence but lots of bay chicks little bunnies spring birds etc .

I would imagine the rabbit connection comes from the fact you might , perhaps not in some parts of Europe start seeing baby rabbits around about now and so like green shoots they are a symbol of spring. If we are talking about links between spring and fecundity (Defn, (the ability to produce an abundance of offspring or new growth) then rabbits are a pretty good symbol and surely it is as simple as that?

Of course there are other perhaps more unusual Easter traditions like the Czech custom of whipping ( well these days tapping with a long twig) your wife on the day after Easter.

laardvark
31st Mar 2018, 11:17
my take ?
bunny = believer .

racedo
31st Mar 2018, 11:28
I suggested at work we should have an Easter hunt event and got an "ah how sweet" from some of the ladies.

Then suggested it will be an "Easter Chick and Easter Bunny Girl" hunt............... with people being required to wear the approrpiate costumes, with prizes for the shortest skirts but guys can dress up as well so as to be all inclusive.

HR Director lauded me on being all inclusive as that was important as all the courses they doing seem to be working :D
then suggested it was inappropriate :*
I suggested the older and fat birds could (should) opt out :)
Response was :ugh::ugh::ugh::ugh::ugh:
Seeing the face of HR Director before I was kicked out of the her office is something that will live with me for a long time :)

Ascend Charlie
31st Mar 2018, 11:43
Easter = pagan fertility festival

Rabbit = fertility at its best. "Take two hares, with no care, pretty soon you get a roomful of rabbits"

sitigeltfel
31st Mar 2018, 11:46
Nah, this is where the bunnies came from:

The woman who gave birth to rabbits (and other hoaxes) - BBC News (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-43073391)

That's nothing. A Nigerian woman has claimed, that during a recent birth, her baby emerged carrying a Koran and prayer beads!

Not sure what the future holds for her.

Fareastdriver
31st Mar 2018, 11:47
Easter is now commercialised beyond recognition much as in the same way as Christmas. I haven't been to China over Easter for some time but when Christmas arrives! You wouldn't believe it. It knocks Oxford Street or any other high street into a cocked hat.

goudie
31st Mar 2018, 12:04
‘The Economy’ it’s the new religion. Actually, it has been for some time.

Ken Borough
31st Mar 2018, 12:05
the farmers are spreading new strains of myxomatosis this year to eradicate the poor little blighters (the real bunnies, that is). They reckon they will kill 40% of them before they develop resistance.

This was done in Oz 60 plus years ago. I don't know how long it took the rabbit population to recover but Colonel Sanders had a hell of a job for a few years trying to attract customers. :}

Ken Borough
31st Mar 2018, 12:07
Racedo,

:D:D:D:D:D

G-CPTN
31st Mar 2018, 12:15
Easter is now commercialised beyond recognition much as in the same way as Christmas. I haven't been to China over Easter for some time but when Christmas arrives! You wouldn't believe it. It knocks Oxford Street or any other high street into a cocked hat.

On Good Friday, when the Christians mourn the death of Jesus Christ, the shops are open, yet, on Easter Sunday, when Christians celebrate the arising, the shops have to remain closed.

Defies logic.

sitigeltfel
31st Mar 2018, 12:23
I read, that for the first time in a century, Irish pubs were allowed to open on Good Friday.

Tankertrashnav
31st Mar 2018, 17:49
Eh? Pagan shurely.

A relative of mine who is on Facebook is a pagan and I get frankly sick of flipping pagan posts, all claiming that they invented Easter, Christmas and just about any other religious occasion you can think of. Frankly the way they go on they are worse than flipping Jehovah's witnesses. And have they any documentary proof for their claims?

All just an excuse for running around in the nude, as far as I can see :*

Although I am an atheist these days I still rather miss the special solemn atmosphere of Good Friday, which is now no different from any other day. Same goes for Sundays. I have a sneaking regard for those publicans in New Market, Ireland, who all agreed they were going to stay closed as usual

Fareastdriver
31st Mar 2018, 18:05
It would interfere with their BIIIIIIG Good Friday poker tournament.

G-CPTN
31st Mar 2018, 18:34
sick of flipping pagan posts, all claiming that they invented Easter, Christmas and just about any other religious occasion you can think of. And have they any documentary proof for their claims?

There seem to be many groups who claim that they invented certain activities, yet they have usually lapsed and only revived their involvement once things become popular.

How many have uninterrupted continuous participation?

TEEEJ
31st Mar 2018, 19:43
:)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XZiZkhmBCKs

HHornet
1st Apr 2018, 08:23
I still see plenty of Rabbits with this awful disease in the UK.:sad:
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Myxomatosis

I am all for rabbit control, but I too have seen rabbits in the UK with mixxy and it is awful. Whatever is chosen, should kill them straight out and not lingering.

Yesterday in NZ I was picking up windfall apples on a remote walking track and heard a sound in the undergrowth. it was a rabbit munching on grass on a bright sunny afternoon. It hadn't seen or heard me and didn't bat an eyelid (from what I could see), when a Globemaster bimbled past overhead.

What we need is a set of authorised hunters and butchers to provide an affordable source of meat for us humans, whilst keeping the numbers down. Obviously easier said than done.

glad rag
1st Apr 2018, 09:05
I am all for rabbit control, but I too have seen rabbits in the UK with mixxy and it is awful. Whatever is chosen, should kill them straight out and not lingering.

Yesterday in NZ I was picking up windfall apples on a remote walking track and heard a sound in the undergrowth. it was a rabbit munching on grass on a bright sunny afternoon. It hadn't seen or heard me and didn't bat an eyelid (from what I could see), when a Globemaster bimbled past overhead.

What we need is a set of authorised hunters and butchers to provide an affordable source of meat for us humans, whilst keeping the numbers down. Obviously easier said than done.

Gassing, poison, snares, mixy, all methods of control that are really out of order in this day and age...

ORAC
1st Apr 2018, 13:55
What we need is a set of authorised hunters and butchers to provide an affordable source of meat for us humans, whilst keeping the numbers down. Obviously easier said than done.

Gassing, poison, snares, mixy, all methods of control that are really out of order in this day and age...

That’s one way to keep the human population down....

Hempy
1st Apr 2018, 15:43
Sadly Easter Bilbies (https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Easter_Bilby) were harder to find this year after Cadbury stopped making them, but I managed to score a couple of Pink Lady ones. Their chocolate is nicer anyway :ok:

https://m.myer.com.au/wcsstore/MyerCatalogAssetStore/images/65/656/9514/12/4/565529770/565529770_fs_1.jpg

ricardian
1st Apr 2018, 16:55
https://scontent-lhr3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/29790291_1767135759973807_557733601151259776_n.jpg?_nc_cat=0&oh=a776a8baa29a7046db6b5b1dee2e0e01&oe=5B676FD6