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Evening star. [volume] (Washington, D.C.) 1854-1972, March 23, 1947, Image 103

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Hot Cross Buns For Easter
BY CLEMENTINE PADDLEFORD
The moon is responsible
foe those spicy Lenten
cakes. They were first
baked in her honor ...
r V thank the moon for the hot
1 cross bun. Thank Selene, the
moon goddess of strong wings,
wearer of the golden diadem, who,
in centuries past, rode the skies in
a chariot drawn by white oxen,
their horns a counterpart of the
moon’s crescent. Selene was quite
• a girl in her time, beloved by many
peoples, known by many names.
The Romans called her Luna,
again they would speak of her as
Noctiluca, the "bright by night."
But throughout Italy she was
generally known as Diana. In
Phoenicia the moon goddess was
known as Astarte and in Baby
lonia she was usually called
Ishtar.
Her worshippers could be num
bered by the tens of thousands.
On the special days set aside for
her honor -r- the days of the new
and the full moon — her followers
baked moon cakes to bring to her
temples, these imprinted with the
oxen’s crossed horns. They called
the little cakes bon, meaning ox.
GOOD FRIDAY has become the special day to eat them
later the name became boun, still
later, bun.
The Greeks baked similar cakes
to honor the goddess but stylized
them with crosses either as an
allusion to the four phases of the
moon or for easy breaking when
offered as a sacrifice. Early Saxons,
too, ate cross bread in honor
of their goddess of light. The
Mexicans and the Peruvians had
a similar custom but which god
dess they honored, history hasn’t
been able to tell us.
The early Christians tried hard
to abolish this custom of baking
cakes for pagan gods. But those
who joined the new faith were
devoted to their festivals and dung
to them.
Gradually the Christians took
over the most alluring of the pagan
customs and gave them new mean
ings. The mark of the cross on the
bun no longer symbolized horns
but became a sign of Christian
faith. In the medieval church, buns
were made of the dough for the
consecrated Host and were dis
tributed to communicants after
Easter Mass. The making of the
buns was a rite that belonged ex
clusively to the church.
But in England, as far back as
1252, bakeries began baking the
buns in commercial competition
and stamping the bread with cross
lines. A forbidden practice, yet
these unhallowed buns sold like
hot cakes. Housewives, too, began
to bake the buns for private con
sumption. With the rise of Prot
estantism, the ban against cross
bun baking was removed and the
bun was no longer holy bread. But
the world loved this spicy sweet
and has continued by centuries of
habit to eat it every Good Friday.
Bakers vied with each other in
bringing the Lenten bread to its
most delectable perfection. About
a century ago in England the pop
ularity of the cross bun had reached
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