I was thinking recently - why people are so fond of bunnies and even keep them as pets? And I can admit - I would like to take care of some timid, curious and cute bunny…So – here is a few interesting facts that I have found about these animals and I would like to share with you:
In many cultures around the world the Rabbit represents the moon and consequently, death and resurrection. Possible reasons: A Rabbit is resembled in the markings on the Moon (body and 2 elongated ears, nocturnal life, gray / white fur.
The Rabbit or Hare is symbolically linked to the female deities, of youth, intuition, the revival of life and fertility. In African, Native American, Celtic, Buddhist, Chinese, Egyptian, Greek, Hindu and Teutonic myths associated with female hare is the cycle of reproduction. As prolific animals hares and rabbits are often associated with magic and the white rabbit figurine was the mascot to get fertility and is regarded as an assistant at a difficult childbirth.
In Buddhist mythology the Hare is marked as a selfless animal, kind and able to sacrifice themselves. According to legend, a hare jumped into the fire and roasted to nourish the Buddha himself. In gratitude, the Buddha put the rabbit on the Moon.
The Hare often appears in Christian iconography. His helplessness personified people’s reliance on God.
Modern emblems exploit the sexual symbolism of the hare. As an erotic symbol the Rabbit is used, in particular, the famous American magazine for men "Playboy."