Tuesday, July 12, 2011
THE MOON RABBIT
The story about the moon rabbit goes like this: There were once a monkey, an otter, a jackal, and a rabbit. And they all decided they would do charitable things on the day of the full moon. So when an old man came along and begged for food, the monkey gathered fruit for him from the trees. The otter brought him fish, and the jackal went out and stole a lizard and a pot of milk-curd to give to the beggar. But the rabbit told the old man that he only knew how to gather grass, which he did not think the man would want to eat. Then the rabbit threw himself on the fire so that the man could have a nice meal of roasted rabbit.
The Aztecs, in ancient Mexico, also had a legend about the rabbit in the moon. In this story, the god Quetzalcoatl, who was living on earth as a man, went on a trip. And after he had walked a long ways, he was so hungry and thirsty that he thought he would die. There was a rabbit grazing nearby, and this rabbit offered himself as food to save Quetzalcoatl's life. The god was so moved that he raised the rabbit up to the moon and brought him back to earth again. Then he told the rabbit that everyone would remember him forever because his image would be up there shining on the moon.