Thursday, September 01, 2005



but if God wanted to maximize his efforts and minimize his output... wouldnt he have smote New Orleans on labor day to eviscerate (or whatever) as many heathens as possible?

i mean come on, hes vengeful but hes not stupid...


At 8:32 PM, Anonymous Kyla said...

So, I was looking around your blog and was kinda amused to see you slagging of hot cross buns, know that they prefigured the Jewish passover cakes before the Christians even got their hands on them right? Also, the cross on them has nothing to do with the Crucifixion. Anyway, thought you'd be interested to check this out..


Origin of Hot Cross Buns
Copyright Eliza Fegley, 2003.

Hot cross buns were originally the liba offered to the goddess Astarte in ancient Pagan times. As time passed, the custom of these spring cakes was absorbed into the Jewish tradition as passover cakes. And, finally, the Christians' eucharist bread or cross-marked wafer.

The word "bun" can be traced back to "boun", which, in turn, comes from "bous", the sacred ox.

The cake offerings, during the time of Astarte, bore the markings of the horns of the sacred ox.

The Greeks, it is said, substituted the horn marks for an equal-armed cross mark simply because the buns were more easily broken and evenly divided (which they are).

At 2:26 PM, Blogger The Good Mr. M____ of F____ said...

thanks for the comments klya, but several things wrong with this research:

1) During Passover, eating/owning leavened bread is strickly forbidden - and ive never come across anything that looks like a hot-cross bun (aka has a cross on it) in a Passover meal. Are you thinking of Matzoh Brie?

2) the word "bun" is actually derrived from the middle english "bunne" which is derived from the old french word "bugne" which means "to swell". it possibly comes from the celtic "boil".

3) England gets its pagen traditions from the celtic and the germans/norse. greco/roman religion really didnt become popular in english culture until the 1700s. i know what youre saying: but the romans ruled britian for 400 years! yes, but when they left they took everything with them and a 400 year invasion by germans and norse snubbed out anything they left behind.

4)the cross on the buns has EVERYTHING to do with Christ's crucifixion as the buns (with a cross on them) are traditionally eaten on Good Friday (aka day when Jesus was nailed to the cross)

although now, no one in england particularly cares about the religious aspects of it - compared to say, the middle ages - the lines i had to stand in the thursday before Good Friday to score some buns testifies its still very much a part of english culture.

thanks for the input though!

OH! also... Astraea (greek goddess of innocence and purity, Virgo in latin) was copted by the Christians to help the greeks convert faster:

and Exodus (what Passover is celebrating) supposedly went down around 1500 BCE, the greeks (or their antecedents the myceneans) really didnt going until 1400 or so...

At 2:29 PM, Blogger The Good Mr. M____ of F____ said...

OH! one more think... i wasnt slaggin off HCB - i think its an awesome if not mildly perfidious tradition.

At 6:21 PM, Anonymous linda said...

jewish passover cakes? is that like the jewish rye bread they sell at giant?


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