hare

General - A small animal like a larger rabbit, with long ears, which appears in many myths, often associated with the moon.
  • In West Africa, Hare (or Rabbit) is a trickster-god and is regarded as the precursor of Brer Rabbit, taken to America by slaves.
  • In Buddhism the hare is regarded as a previous incarnation of Buddha.
  • In China, the hare (t'u) represents longevity. It is said that the female animal becomes pregnant either by looking at the moon or by licking its mate's fur and delivers her young through the mouth. Some say that the hare can live for 1,000 years and lives in the moon where it sits at the foot of a tree pounding the drug of immortality. In this role, it is known as the Gemmeous Hare. Its transfer to the moon is said to have been the reward of self-sacrifice.
  • In Greek myths the hare is the animal of Aphrodite, Eros and Hermes.
  • In Hindu lore, Shasha, a hare, is said to live on the moon.
  • In Japan also, Usagi, Hare in the Moon, is said to live on the moon where it spends its time pounding rice which it makes into cakes.
Sometimes identified as hare, Great Hare, Great Hare, Gluskap, Mahtigwess, Manabozho, Manabush, Michabo, Nanabozho, Rabbit, Cottontail, Hare, Rabbit, White Hare, Hare in the Moon, Hare in the Moon, Lepus, Lepus, Rabbit, Rabbit, T'u, T'u or Hou-t'u.

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