Lots of misinformation flying around today about pagan goddess on whom Easter is based. Surprising how many people linked Easter to the Babylonian TART Ishtar however.
Ishtar was a Babylonian TART who seduced mortals, and those who yielded to her charms came to a very bad end. The confusion arises because Ishtar resurrected her brother / lover Marduk after he pissed off the chief god and came to a very bad end (see Esther and Mordecai in the Bible.)
Ostara, sometimes aka Eostra, the Norse or Germanic goddess (of the swollen grain) is the Goddess of west European Easter, the bunnies (Hares actually) are sacred to Artemis, the Greek fertility goddess. Now she’s an interesting girl, she got to renew her virginity each year by bathing in a sacred spring and if any man looked at her … well read AC Swinburne’s Atalanta of Calydon, he came to a very bad end. It’s thought the hare is her sacred animal because of its triangular furry face and cleft upper lip – picture it.
Eggs are just a general fertility thing.
The equivalent Celtic goddess is Dwyfach (honestly). With her husband, Dwyvan(who looked a bit like Russell Crowe, Dwyfach (pronounced – well use your imagination) built an ark called Nefyed Nav Nevion in which they and their animals escaped the great flood caused by the Dragon King
Aegon the Conqueror sorry Addanc, nothing to do with Game Of Thrones). In Welsh their names simply mean God and Goddess.
Welsh legend says that Dwyfach and her husband were each part of one river which flowed in to Bala Lake which was at one time called Lake Dyfrdwy, from the term dyfr-dwyf meaning ‘water of the divinity’. This confluence image links them to lost creation myths. Dwyvach embodies the feminine principle of creation. she was generous with her favours but she was not a tart – I’m a Celt, I’m biased OK?