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Sex, Love, and Jesus: A Few Surprises in the Easter Basket

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Laughing Jesus. He had a better sense of humor than most realize. by Meryl Ann Butler

Easter gets its name from the Saxon goddess of sex and fertility, Eostre. Known variously as Ostare, Ostara and Eastra, she is also believed to be related to Ishtar, the Babylonian goddess of love and sex.


"Ostara" (1901) by Johannes Gehrts by Public domain

The holiday pre-dates Christianity and has long been associated with rabbits due to their legendary enthusiasm for mating, as well as with the egg, the archetypal symbol of fertility.


Easter Bunny and Egg by Public domain, courtesy Dover Pub.

So the traditionally accepted celibacy of Jesus looms as a strange bedfellow to the underpinnings of the Easter holiday.

Singer-songwriter-humorist Greg Tamblyn, called "a contemporary Mark Twain" by Dr. Larry Dossey, offers a unique perspective in his surprise-ending song, Jesus was a Bachelor :

 

Many of these mysteries about Jesus' life may never be uncovered.

Elton John said, "I think Jesus was a compassionate, super-intelligent gay man who understood human problems. On the cross, he forgave the people who crucified him. Jesus wanted us to be loving and forgiving ..."

And, the possibility of a romantic relationship between Jesus and Mary is not a new idea, and has recently been addressed in the movie, The Last Temptation of Christ, and books such as Holy Blood, Holy Grail, and The Da Vinci Code. In fact, some Mormons believe Jesus practiced polygamy.

Chris Bennett, widely recognized as one of the foremost authorities on the history of cannabis, believes that the Bible supports Jesus' affinity for the bud. Carl Ruck notes, "The word Christ does mean "the anointed one' and Bennett contends that Christ was anointed with chrism, a cannabis-based oil, that caused his spiritual visions."


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The lyrics of the popular Christmas carol, "Some Children See Him," say " The children in each different place will see the baby Jesus' face like theirs." Adults, too, perceive the Divine through the filter of their own experience.

Perhaps that concept, along with a little levity, can roll away the stone that has blocked the deeper meaning of the season, and dispel some of the Puritanical undercurrents.

H. L. Mencken called Puritanism, " The haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy."

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Meryl Ann Butler is an artist, author, educator and OpedNews Managing Editor who has been actively engaged in utilizing the arts as stepping-stones toward joy-filled wellbeing for over 25 years. She studied art with Harold Ransom Stevenson in Sea Cliff NY for seven years before opening her own art school. Stevenson had (more...)
 
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what you'll find in that Easter basket!... by Meryl Ann Butler on Saturday, Apr 23, 2011 at 11:31:19 PM
Really enjoyed all the historical references (cann... by Greg Tamblyn on Sunday, Apr 24, 2011 at 12:34:15 AM
And thanks for your great song, Greg, it was what ... by Meryl Ann Butler on Sunday, Apr 24, 2011 at 12:40:42 AM
Jesus was never a Christian; in fact the term 'Chr... by eileen fleming on Sunday, Apr 24, 2011 at 6:47:59 AM
I love this:" Jesus was a social justice, radical ... by Meryl Ann Butler on Sunday, Apr 24, 2011 at 4:02:25 PM
I had 12 years of catholic schooling growing up an... by tim mcghie on Sunday, Apr 24, 2011 at 2:16:47 PM
very funny, Tim, maybe you should be writing some ... by Meryl Ann Butler on Sunday, Apr 24, 2011 at 2:21:02 PM
i take this as a great compliment coming from such... by tim mcghie on Sunday, Apr 24, 2011 at 5:47:08 PM
;-)... by Meryl Ann Butler on Sunday, Apr 24, 2011 at 6:23:26 PM
For another laugh - Greg Tamblyn sent me this link... by Meryl Ann Butler on Sunday, Apr 24, 2011 at 5:11:49 PM
I loved the article because it also hints at the s... by Rev. Dan Vojir on Monday, Apr 25, 2011 at 2:21:13 AM
glad you liked the article, luckily there don't se... by Meryl Ann Butler on Monday, Apr 25, 2011 at 2:46:13 AM
If sincere Jesus loving Christians really want to ... by syed mahdi on Monday, Apr 25, 2011 at 12:27:07 PM
I love the T-Shirt joke. That's great. And the bit... by E. J. N. on Monday, Apr 25, 2011 at 5:41:24 PM
I'm glad you enjoyed it- sure was fun to research ... by Meryl Ann Butler on Monday, Apr 25, 2011 at 5:50:07 PM
I think the most important thing we could say toda... by Michael Dewey on Tuesday, Apr 26, 2011 at 12:32:27 PM
... as much as I enjoyed and appreciated the artic... by M. Wizard on Tuesday, Apr 26, 2011 at 9:03:41 PM
I understand where you're coming from. Your guru, ... by E. J. N. on Wednesday, Apr 27, 2011 at 2:55:18 PM
this issue belongs more appropriately in the comme... by M. Wizard on Wednesday, Apr 27, 2011 at 4:10:23 PM
the idea that everyone who has a sincerely held be... by M. Wizard on Wednesday, Apr 27, 2011 at 4:22:17 PM
Granted, we got off topic, but remember, you said:... by E. J. N. on Thursday, Apr 28, 2011 at 9:44:45 PM