|Seven demons exorcised|
Taking the Gospels as the record, it's generally agreed that she was exorcised of seven demons and then followed Jesus as an early and close disciple. She was at the Empty Tomb on the Morning of the Resurrection. However, in the Eastern and Protestant Traditions, she is not the same person as Mary of Bethany, the woman who cracks open a jar of nard to anoint Jesus feet, which she then dries with her hair, while the Catholics generally conflate the two Marys.
|You mean this egg right here?|
There's a Gnostic Gospel of Mary, but it is missing many pages, which is frustrating. The first pages, in which presumably Jesus plays a pretty important role, are missing. As we pick it up, Jesus is wrapping it up and heading out, leaving the disciples pretty blue. Mary rallies them, and Peter asks her to share what Jesus told her, noting "that the Savior loved you more than the rest of woman (sic)." The next four pages are missing, during which she tells most of what the Savior told her.
Mary comes off as a beloved disciple who can teach the Apostles a thing or two, so even if this work had not contained Gnostic ideas which were later deemed heretical, it probably would have been dropped from the Canon. The Church Patriarchy would not have put up with Mary's leadership -- it ran counter to Paul's notion of gender roles in the Christian communities.
There's a lot more to be said about Mary Magdalene -- whole books have been written about her, her relationship with Jesus, and her travels after the Ascension. I could go on, but I am in a hurry to get to the Easter eggs.
There are two stories (with multiple variations) connecting Mary Magdalene, painted eggs, and the Resurrection.
In the first, Mary Magdalene brought a basket of boiled eggs to share with the other women who were either at the Crucifixion or keeping vigil at the tomb. If the former, they were stained with the blood of Jesus as he hung on the Cross. If the latter, they simply changed color miraculously as a sign of resurrection.
|...no more alive than that egg is delicious chocolate|