And I added, "And the direct derivation of Easter is from the European Goddess of Spring Oestra, also pronounced about like Ishtar, and from which we get the word Oestrus (Estrus)-when an animal gets into heat. And Oestra is also associated with rabbits and eggs."
But then Kyle Germann added "That might be Lilith" and "She might be the First Vampire"
So I elaborated, "Actually the picture is regularly called that. BUT Lilith might only be a form of Ishtar. Ishtar was also sacrificed by her sister Ereshkigal AND this could be Ereshkigal AND Ereshkigal could ALSO be the same as Ishtar. Its complicated. But the fact that she died-and-came-back is part of the same Goddess of Spring story, which is the same story as Snow White (who sleeps over the Winter) and Sleeping Beauty (Everything blossoms back into life when she wakes up again) http://www.tumblr.com/tagged/ereshkigal
And the Classical Goddess of Spring story is another resurrection story, the one attached to Persephone, who is taken down to Hades but returns each spring
But the notice sent in by Carolyn was a little too simplistic, the death-burial-and-resurrection was already an integral part of the ancient myths, and the return to life meant the return of fertility to the land. The story is also a good marker for cultural diffusion.