Meaning of Easter

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Germany's Easter Hare, Spain's Easter Hams

According to today's missive from the Writer's Almanac, the word "Easter" comes from an ancient pagan goddess worshipped by Anglo Saxons named Eostre. According to legend, Eostre once saved a bird whose wings had frozen during the winter by turning it into a hare. Because it had once been a bird, it could still lay eggs, and that hare became a cute rabbit, our Easter Bunny. For its part, Wikipedia call this interpretation "fakelore."

I know about the paschal lamb, but whence cometh the Easter ham, adored around the world?

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