The history of Easter as a moveable feast

Senior History lecturer at Rhodes University, Vashni Jagernath shares the history behind Easter and how the festival once viewed as a pagan ritual in the United States has now evolved into the celebration of death and resurrection in Christianity.

Like most rituals and cultural practices, it comes from a variety of areas and is actually not wasp, as they would like us to think...

Vashni Jagernath , Senior lecturer in the Department of History at Rhodes University

Easter is tied to the Spring Festival and the spring equinox, that's why it's a movable feast, its after the first full moon of the Spring. It's also interestingly enough tied to pass over which is the liberation of Jews from slavery.

Vashni Jagernath , Senior lecturer in the Department of History at Rhodes University

Christianity at its heart and when it is at its best, is a religion of assimilation, syncretism.... what happens then is that they map it onto pre existing festivals, so Easter and Christmas both are tied to pre existing festivals.

Vashni Jagernath , Senior lecturer in the Department of History at Rhodes University

Jagernath further explains how the event can be used as a day of reflection for those who do not practice Christianity.

Often we are re-inscribing colonial narratives.... we are just taking on the other side of the debate and saying oh you said its European so we believe you and now we are going to take it on, without realising its actual deep history on this continent.

Vashni Jagernath , Senior lecturer in the Department of History at Rhodes University

Click below to listen to the full interview.....


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI
Read More
[LISTEN] Black Tax: Burden or Ubuntu?

[LISTEN] Black Tax: Burden or Ubuntu?

Eusebius speaks to writers Niq Mhlongo, Thanduxolo Jika and Lorraine Sithole about black tax in black communities.

Be familiar with the rules before approaching CCMA, says lawyer

Be familiar with the rules before approaching CCMA, says lawyer

LDA Incorporated Attorneys director Larry Dave says the commission is a functional body and it has improved over the years.

'Realistically, load shedding may continue for whole week,' says Eskom COO

'Realistically, load shedding may continue for whole week,' says Eskom COO

The power utility's Chief Operating Officer Jan Oberholzer, explains why the power utility is implementing a power outage.

Eusebius slams humourous reactions to Bishops teacher's sexual affair scandal

Eusebius slams humourous reactions to Bishops teacher's sexual affair scandal

The teacher has resigned following allegations that she was involved in a sexual relationship with an 18-year old pupil.

Department to ensure taxi operators don't break road rules amid bus strike

Department to ensure taxi operators don't break road rules amid bus strike

Gauteng taxi operators who wish to work outside the province during Easter weekend asked to apply for a special permit.

Cardboard cut-out cop cars part of Easter campaign, startle motorists

Cardboard cut-out cop cars part of Easter campaign, startle motorists

Operations Manager, Liam Clarke shares how the idea was sparked by a concept called ‘speed by illusion’.

Popular articles
South Africa quietly reclassifies 33 wild species as farm animals

South Africa quietly reclassifies 33 wild species as farm animals

Some of the endangered wildlife has now been listed as farming stock under key legislation that governs breeding.

Yves Saint Laurent starts selling designer condoms for R95 a pop

Yves Saint Laurent starts selling designer condoms for R95 a pop

Some things in life just don’t need a “designer” counterpart, reckons branding and advertising expert Andy Rice.

We bought 2 corrupt businesses back in 2012 - Stephen van Coller (CEO at EOH)

We bought 2 corrupt businesses back in 2012 - Stephen van Coller (CEO at EOH)

If EOH didn’t make those mistakes, the company would have no debt today, laments its CEO, Stephen van Coller.

'Realistically, load shedding may continue for whole week,' says Eskom COO

'Realistically, load shedding may continue for whole week,' says Eskom COO

The power utility's Chief Operating Officer Jan Oberholzer, explains why the power utility is implementing a power outage.

It's VW, but not as you know it - Why did Volkswagen change its logo?

It's VW, but not as you know it - Why did Volkswagen change its logo?

John Maytham asks what's behind Volkswagen's new-look logo...

Eusebius slams humourous reactions to Bishops teacher's sexual affair scandal

Eusebius slams humourous reactions to Bishops teacher's sexual affair scandal

The teacher has resigned following allegations that she was involved in a sexual relationship with an 18-year old pupil.

5 retirement saving tips for those who left it late

5 retirement saving tips for those who left it late

It’s better to start late than never! The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews Jeanette Marais.

[WATCH] Woman faints after hairdresser cuts 12-inch hair without telling her

[WATCH] Woman faints after hairdresser cuts 12-inch hair without telling her

Khabazela shares tweets and Facebook posts that have gone viral.

[WATCH] Job hopeful caught cheating during his Skype interview

[WATCH] Job hopeful caught cheating during his Skype interview

Khabazela shares tweets and Facebook posts that have gone viral.