Yes, I know. Good old religion. In the Old Testament lambs appear as the typical sacrificial animal. And then in Christianity the innocent lamb becomes synonymous for an equally innocent Jesus. The Lamb of God – Agnus Dei. He died for our sins and at Easter we remember his sacrifice for us. And this is done by sacrificing another, definitely innocent, being. Where’s the logic in that?
And as Jesus rose from his death bed it’s also unfair. Because resurrection is not intended or foreseen for the lambs.
I am not a religious person and everybody should please believe in what makes him happy. But I do just wish that some things would be questioned more instead of treading down the “We’ve-always-done-it-that-way” path. In my opinion religion and tradition cannot be the carte blanche for everything.
When I still ate meat I also ate lamb. A leg of lamb as a Sunday roast was a very special meal. And yes, I liked the unusual and spicy taste. But I still had an odd feeling because a lamb is a baby. And the more I thought about it the more I asked myself why we also feel the necessity to eat the babies of the animals we keep.
In 2016 Germany produced 21,200 tons of lamb and sheep meat, 17,800 tons of which was lamb meat. That’s 700 tons (+3,6%) more than in 2015. In lambs that’s 43,500 lambs. Source: Federal German Statistics Office
In Germany the bakeries around Easter traditionally sell small lamb shaped cakes. If you have the time it’s of course more fun to bake such a cake yourself. The baking tins can be bought in any good department store and of course online.
Isn’t that a much sweeter remembrance?