Are chocolate bunnies and the Virgin Mary related?





Hello my goddess!

Happy Easter!

(OK, I realize that Easter is over in just a couple of hours but I really wanted to take some photos this morning before sending this letter out to you!)


Did you celebrate Easter with baskets of painted eggs and chocolate Easter Bunnies?


I didn’t.


My Easter this year  in Spain was sadly Chocolate Bunnyless.

Painted eggs? Not a single one in sight.

(Not that I don’t like chocolate. Nor do I have anything personal against bunnies. Nor eggs, for that matter.)


What did I do?



I walked up the big hill to the tiny pueblo to watch the Semana Santa*  processions.

Thursday night at midnight there was a procession.

Friday morning at noon there was a procession.

Friday night at midnight there was a procession.


Nothing. Nada. No parades.

(Jesus finally got to take a day off from all this exhausting parading around. Must have been those labor unions. Finally allowing Jesus a day off!  It was a rough night for him on Thursday, lugging that heavy cross for miles on end without stop. By Friday he was in great pain. Good thing he got that one day of rest in between. Maybe Jesus even got a chance  to hang out at the beach like all the other young adults his age around here during Spring Break.)


Sunday. (Today!) Jesus was out there in the procession again at noon. This time he had finally risen from the dead and got to parade around standing up.


(Note to my American friends: When I use the word “parade”,  you might have images of floats and  beauty queens waving left and right.
These holy week processions have nothing to do with that.)


If you are confused, let’s back up and allow me to add some background info here.

Spain is traditionally a Catholic country.

The religious holidays (Easter, in this case) are serious stuff.

Statues of Jesus and the Virgin Mary are taken out of the church during Holy Week and paraded all around the tiny village streets for all to see. This is done all over Spain, not just in my crazy little town.  You also have the option to watch the processions live on TV if you prefer not to venture beyond the living room sofa.

In our tiny town, you actually get to walk together with the entire procession, not just hang out on the sidelines like a lame bystander. Marching next to statues of Jesus Christ and the Virgin Mary while having processional music blasting in your ears is incredibly moving. The music is often quite somber and eerie. I never fail to get a huge lump in my throat every year while marching along with the statues and the musicians.


Right. So with all this parading around, I had an A-HA moment this week.

Aren’t the Virgin Mary and the great Mother goddess related?


(Have I gone bonkers? Perhaps…)


So here’s the theory:


The Virgin Mary is really just a transformation of the Great Earth Goddess.



I started thinking about the similarities between the Virgin Mary and the ancient Mother Goddess.

Statues of the The Great Earth Goddess were found about 24,000 – 22,000 BC.

(Did you just read that? Twenty four THOUSAND! That was not a typo.)

The great mother goddess was worshiped for years and years and years and years.

And years and years and years before that. (Can you even imagine 24,000 years? I certainly can’t.)

And one fine day in very recent history, Christianity comes along and tries to banish worship of the great earth goddess. Actually, Christianity was not able to stamp out the veneration of the great mother goddess. I’m supposing that the great ancient goddess morphed into the Virgin Mary.

Basically a classic case of “If you can’t beat them, join them.”

Don’t you think?

I’ve actually been to these procession many times over the course of about 10  years but only this morning did it occur to me that the MOTHER of Christ is truly important, alongside Jesus. The Virgin Mary is in every single procession along with Jesus. Yet isn’t Easter supposed to be all about Jesus and how he died for our sins? Jesus is definitely the protagonist here yet there is not a single Catholic church in the world (that I know of!) where the Virgin Mary isn’t displayed as prominently as her son.  All this also got me to wondering, “What ever happened to the father of Christ?” The last time Joseph is seen, Jesus is 12 years old. Most people seem to agree that Joseph probably died sometime after that, even if there is not direct mention of his death. Funny how Joseph is almost non-existent beyond the Bethlehem scene during Christmas,  whereas the Virgin Mary, the mother figure, is so prominent in Christian rites, traditions, and the arts. She is a secondary figure, yep, ’tis true, yet no one can deny her omnipresence. Doesn’t it only make sense that she would have morphed from the Great Earth Goddess of ancient times?



*Semana Santa literally means “Holy Week”.  In other latitudes, it’s known as Easter or Spring Break


Here are the photos from this morning. Enjoy!

Semana Santa in southern Spain


Semana Santa in southern Spain


Virgin Mary Semana Santa in southern Spain


Semana Santa in southern Spain


Semana Santa in southern Spain



Semana Santa in southern Spain

Semana Santa in southern Spain


Semana Santa in southern Spain

Semana Santa in southern Spain


Semana Santa in southern Spain


Semana Santa in southern Spain



Semana Santa in southern Spain

What did YOU do today? Eat too many bunnies? Do you think the Great Goddess and the Virgin Mary are related? What about chocolate bunnies and goddesses? Please share your bunny story in the comments below!

7 thoughts on “Are chocolate bunnies and the Virgin Mary related?”

  1. Ouch! I just posted a comment and it disappeared. Apparently my response was not appropriate for everyone. Yes, awe inspiring pictures, but your allusion that Virgin Mary was the descendant of the Great Earth Goddess might be offensive to some people who tend to interpret the biblical story literally. It is true that throughout history the new beliefs were built on old foundations. But it is not acceptable to fundamentalists who believe that their God is the only true one. You are treading on a thin ice of marginalizing people of different convictions.

    1. Three cheers for democracy!!! I am glad you expressed your opinion, just as I have expressed mine. Neither of us are hurting others by expressing our ideas. Aren’t we incredibly lucky to live in countries where free speech is allowed?

  2. Such lovely pics. Thanks for sharing. I am touched that you find a big lump in your throat whilst parading. I did not eat a single chocolate bunny. These bunnies and eggs are fertility symbols which are similar to honoring our great earth goddess who bursts forth with life anew in the spring. Jesus and his mother are certainly another manifestation of this life celebration. I think they can both be real. Back to bunnies I brought some to my son at school. We ate and walked in the sun and saw some real live bunnies. It was sweet.

  3. I absolutely believe that our veneration of the blessed mother is the sublimation of the great earth mother and that it is absolutely a case of “if you can’t beat ‘Em join them’. Like the Yule log became the Christmas tree, like Constantine chose the 4 gospels that showed the miracles and suppressed the gnostic gospels that discussed christ’s philosophy, concessions were made to make Christianity more acceptable to the people who were expected to convert.

    For Easter I gathered with family and enjoyed a feast with my sisters, brother- in -laws and nephews for a feast on a perfectly beautiful day.

    On holy Saturday night, I hosted a dinner at my house with Jane Bukacek, her mom and Dad, and her brother, Martin. I prepared my first leg of lamb. I also violated one of the cardinal rules of hospitality….. Never do something for the first time when serving guests. I was beating the odds, and things were going along well, when I violated the first rule of general cooking: Make sure you have not turned off the stove when you are adjusting the time left on the timer! Dinner was late. We at the vegetables and sides and had lamb for dessert before our cheesecake. Luckily the company was such that we all found it hilarious and everyone had generous doggie bags to take home!

    All in all, a happy joyful celebration of life renewing itself!

    Love to you, my goddess!!!
    Ps. Sorry for,the late reply.

    1. No problem about “late” reply: there are no such thing as “late replies” here! 🙂

      I am glad that you understood what I was trying to say about the connection between mother earth and the mother of Christ.

      I loved to hear about your Easter.Your incredibly positive outlook on everything is most inspiring to me! Love to you, too, my sweet goddess. <3

  4. Thanks for the inspirational photos of the procession! So beautiful.!! What a lovely tradition! I bet you get a lump in your throat!! Gorgeous!!

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