An early Chinese source called the Chu Ci , a Western Han anthology of Chinese poems from the Warring States period , notes that along with a toad , there is a hare on the Moon who constantly pounds herbs for the immortals. This notion is supported by later texts, including the Song -era Taiping Imperial Reader. As rabbits were not yet introduced to China during Western Han, the original image was not a rabbit but a hare.
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In the Buddhist Jataka tales ,  Tale relates that a monkey, an otter, a jackal, and a rabbit resolved to practice charity on the day of the full moon Uposatha , believing a demonstration of great virtue would earn a great reward. When an old man begged for food from them, the monkey gathered fruits from the trees and the otter collected fish, while the jackal wrongfully pilfered a lizard and a pot of milk-curd.
The rabbit, who knew only how to gather grass, instead offered its own body, throwing itself into a fire the man had built. The rabbit, was not burnt, however. It is said the lunar image is still draped in the smoke that rose when the rabbit cast itself into the fire. The moon rabbit legend is popular and part of local folklore throughout Asia. This legend also gave rise to the Mid-Autumn Festivals of China and Vietnam, Tsukimi of Japan, and Chuseok of Korea, all of which celebrate the legend of the moon rabbit.
Presumed to be arising likewise, through lunar pareidolia , legends of moon rabbits also exist among some of the indigenous peoples of the Americas. These legends are not considered to have been influenced by Asian cultures. In Mayan art, glyphs, hieroglyphics, and inscriptions, a rabbit frequently is shown with their Moon Goddess and another deity related to the moon.
According to an Aztec legend, the god Quetzalcoatl , then living on Earth as a human, started on a journey and, after walking for a long time, became hungry and tired. With no food or water around, he thought he would die. Then a rabbit grazing nearby offered herself as food to save his life.
Quetzalcoatl, moved by the rabbit's noble offering, elevated her to the Moon, then lowered her back to Earth and told her, "You may be just a rabbit, but everyone will remember you; there is your image in light, for all people and for all times. Another Mesoamerican legend tells of the brave and noble sacrifice of Nanahuatzin during the creation of the fifth sun.
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Humble Nanahuatzin sacrificed himself in fire to become the new sun, but the wealthy god Tecciztecatl hesitated four times before he finally set himself alight to become the Moon. Due to Tecciztecatl's cowardice, the deities felt that the Moon should not be so bright as the sun, so one of the deities threw a rabbit at his face to diminish his light. Farther north in America in a region now identified as ranging across Canada and United States, a Cree cultural legend tells a different story, about a young rabbit who wished to ride the Moon.
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Only the crane was willing to take him there. According to the legend, on clear nights, Rabbit still may be seen riding the Moon. The Japanese cosmetics company, Makanai, has a logo that is a moon rabbit pounding gold, representing abundance of harvest, beauty, and longevity. The gold foundry was established in in Kanazawa. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article is about the mythological character. For the Chinese lunar rover, see Yutu rover.
He does this until another clown named Harlequin comes along, teases him, and introduces him to a female clown named Columbina. The children's book "The Rice-Cake Rabbit" by Betty Jean Lifton is about the moon rabbit, or Shiro as he's named in the book, and his quest to become a samurai rather than a rice cake-pounder. His name means "moon" in rabbit language, but the rabbits in this novel worship the sun and believe it to be the giver of all life rather than the moon. The American electronic group Rabbit in the Moon also derives its name from the legend of the moon rabbit.
Hofman - who is famous for his mega-sized rubber duck that skirted the coast of China and made its way across the straits of Taiwan in - created the rabbit out of 12, pieces of Tyvek and left it on the side of a bunker at the former naval base where the art festival was held. With the breeze blowing its "fur" and lying on the bunker, the rabbit looked as if it was staring at the clouds in the sky and daydreaming. Sadly enough, just a day after the festival concluded on Sept. The rabbit may be gone, but it lives on in the many pictures that were taken of it, and in the hearts and memories of those who were lucky enough to see it up close!
Just as it has done for many millinea now, the moon rabbit is still pounding rice cakes and the elixir of life in its pestle and is still up there in the moon for everyone on Earth to see during the nights of the full moon. Thank you for your visit and if you haven't seen the moon bunny before now, just be sure to go outside and look at the next full moon. It's sure to be there looking back at you! Sign in or sign up and post using a HubPages Network account. Comments are not for promoting your articles or other sites.
The moon is, of course, upside down in Australia and the southern hemisphere. Surely they don't see a rabbit, eh? I think you completely misread this hub, or at least the section about the moon rabbit in the Americas. I have yet to hear of any moon rabbit legends among European-Americans i. Americans descended from European settlers either and if I had, I would most certainly have mentioned them in this hub.
Plus if that was the case of Americans knowing about this legend, then DiC Entertainment would not have omitted all the references to said legend in their localized dub for Sailor-Moon. And to add insult to injury, Ocean Group and Funimation did maintain the moment in the ninth episode of Dragon Ball, where Goku took a rabbit and his henchmen to the moon to make treats for the children of earth And watching that as a kid, the reference flew right over my head.
But maybe you know something I don't, because I have yet to meet an American who knows this myth. What an enjoyable hub. I was born in the year of the Rabbit so anything rabbit is dear to me. Thank you for the feedback Vinaya.
It's interesting how legends of the moon rabbit have spread far and wide around the world particularly in Native American tribes , and not all of them are alike. I wouldn't be surprised if there are more legends about the moon rabbit than meets the eye!
Wow, this is very interesting article. I knew one legend about moon rabbit, but not the things associated this this myth. Other product and company names shown may be trademarks of their respective owners. HubPages and Hubbers authors may earn revenue on this page based on affiliate relationships and advertisements with partners including Amazon, Google, and others.
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Tsuki no Usagi The moon rabbit is also popular in Japan. There is a famous story about him in Japan that goes: "Many years ago, the Old Man of the Moon decided to visit the Earth. Animated Story of the Moon Rabbit. The Moon Rabbit and the Apollo 11 Moon Landing Believe it or not, the moon rabbit - as well as the moon goddess Chang'e - were topics of discussion between the Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin and the mission controllers in Houston just before the space capsule landed on the moon!
Here is an excerpt from the Apollo 11 transcripts of their conversation: Houston: Among the large headlines concerning Apollo this morning, there's one asking that you watch for a lovely girl with a big rabbit. Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin: Okay. We'll keep a close eye out for the bunny girl. The Moon Rabbit in the Media The moon rabbit has been the subject of a number of movies, books, and more.
Thank You For Your Visit! I'm surprised that in the media section there wasn't anything about sailor moon. Oh you were referring to the Native Americans That makes more sense Hi NBYomi, I think you completely misread this hub, or at least the section about the moon rabbit in the Americas. Thanks for sharing. Sign In Join.