As for Easter itself, we can mention after Gerald L. Berry that the roots of this holiday can also be found in ancient Rome. Around 200 BCE cults popular in Greece began to gradually appear in Rome. One of them was Cybele – the Phrygian goddess of fertility, spring and defensive cities, the guardian of the dead and her companion – Attis, the god of vegetation, spring.
Like Christ, she was born of a virgin, died and then rose again. At a time when Christianity began to grow, disputes arose between the followers of Christ and pagan cults about whose Easter should be celebrated.
Gerald L. Berry, Religions of the World
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