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A fleeting moment where  one of these men may be cross with the other,    or one man crossed the other.     The presence of a cross design in the forground seemed a subtle suggestion and reinforcement of their possible relationship.  

Segue from Cross to Easter.  

All websites that I found descrbing the origins of the Easter rituals superficially refer to pre-christian religiouns citing fertility and birth making the  connection with eggs and bunnies.      This website is exceptional because it provides more  and plausible details of some of the pre-christian  influences on our current Easter practices and words.     For example the link to the word “East”,   where the sun is reborn.   Here’s a relevant paragraph:

The festival of Eastre was celebrated by the Pagans on the vernal equinox, the first day of spring. The Goddess was said to take the form of a Hare, so effigies of these animals were made to worship her, the origin of the good old Easter Bunny. The Goddess Eastre, the Teutonic Goddess of Fertility is in her aspect of mother to be. Her symbol is the egg, symbolizing fertility in nature and rebirth from the long winter months and the symbol of rebirth since ancient times. The Egyptians and Greeks would bury eggs in the tombs of the dead as a sign of resurrection, and the egg was especially important in the Pagan Eastre festival as a symbol of nature being reborn over again. Therefore, real eggs would be decorated and given as gifts on this day. The Goddess is fertile, rich with promise and potential life. (It is from the word “oestre” that we get the word “oestrogen” / “estrogen” – the female hormone). To the Saxons she was Ostara, in myth she is said to have amused children by turning her bird into a rabbit, the rabbit then laid colored eggs much to the delight of the children.

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