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How the easter bunny wins the paasklokken

Bring the paasklokken or the easter bunny the eggs Sunday? No innocent dilemma, as it turns out.

The chances are that in catholic families the paasklokken are on a Sunday, the summer chocolates delivery. “For,” indicates Laure Messiaen of the National centre of Expertise, everyday heritage (LECA) …

The chances are that in catholic families the paasklokken are on a Sunday, the summer chocolates delivery. “For,” indicates Laure Messiaen of the National centre of Expertise, everyday heritage (LECA), ‘between the Gloria on maundy Thursday and easter Sunday, the day on which He rises, ringing the church bells.’

According to catholic tradition, attract the clocks at that time to Rome to have a load of easter eggs to pick up. ‘On Saturday turn the clocks back and resolve their eggs, ” says Messiaen. On Sunday, the summer chocolates in the garden can be found.

However, it is more likely that the supplier of the chocolate eggs now, Sunday is not the paasklokken, but the easter bunny. The origin of that easter bunny is a lot less ambiguous.

Nor a clash of civilisations

Each year use the media the outdated heritage interpretations’, Messiaen. ‘That is due to volkskundigen that in the 19th century a lot of paasgebruiken have traced back to a pagan origin. The oudgermaanse and prechristelijke mythology was very popular in the Romance. ‘Those beliefs may no longer be hard to be made”, said Messiaen. “It’s important to more at fact-based statements.”

Also the statement that the easter bunny is a protestant invention was made as a response to the catholic bells, pointing Messiaen of the hand: ‘There is no decisive evidence for it.” No intra-christian symbolenstrijd on Easter so.

Nevertheless, it is the easter bunny of origin German. According to Messiaen, he went for the first time in the 18th century in German children books. “In that period grew the interest for fairy tales, myths and legends. In addition, there was at that time a new mentality, which was later named as “the civic culture”. That was based on discipline, obedience and hard work. Characters like sandman and Father Time had to help children of disciplines to penetrate. Also the easter bunny fit in that list. Sweet children were rewarded, while others remained literally on their hunger.”

Marketing

From Germany to spread the easter bunny is to the rest of Europe. “When a lot of Europeans in the 19th century, America moved, they took their paashaasgebruiken to participate’, explains Messiaen. ‘Somewhere along the way, the hare was replaced by a rabbit, presumably because the dear word bunny (rabbit) better tailored to the lives of children than the harder hare (hare)’.

The commercialization of the easter bunny, among others, by the use of postcards, did the rest. Also the replacement of chicken eggs by chocolate eggs helped the figure of the easter bunny to a growing popularity.

‘After a period of time, the easter bunny in it, the monopoly of the paasklokken to break, ” says Messiaen. Culprit? The ever geseculariseerder and ontkerkelijkte society. The christian reference disappeared, and made place for the easter bunny and the catholic paasklokken fell into disrepair. Sic transit gloria mundi.

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