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Rabbit in the moon, Aztec legend, from Florentine Codex

A Rabbit in the Moon?

Can you see a rabbit in the moon? You can if you look carefully! (Written/compiled by Ian Mursell/Mexicolore)

Rabbit in the Moon, Adler Planetarium
Rabbit in the Moon, Adler Planetarium (Click on image to enlarge)

The Aztecs had a legend to explain it (see a lovely version on our Aztec Stories page). A very short version in the Florentine Codex (right) reads: “The myth of the rabbit in the moon goes as follows: The gods, they say, were teasing the moon and flung a rabbit in its face. And the rabbit remained marked on the moon’s face. That is what darkened the face of the moon, as though it had been bruised. Upon which the moon went out to light the world.”

‘The Creation of the Moon’

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Mexicolore replies: We’d love to help, but this isn’t our image. Many years ago we got permission to use it on our website from the Adler Planetarium in Chicago and you’ll really need to approach them directly for third party permission. Good luck!