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 (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.”
Here's what others have said:
4 At 12.12am on Tuesday October 22 2013, Sneaky ninja wrote:
Sneaky ninja says wow that is great
3 At 7.58pm on Saturday June 8 2013, Judy King wrote:
I’m finishing a non-fiction book about living in Mexico. One of the chapters in the last section is about the rabbit in the moon. I’ve only used one other illustration in the book -- a drawing of the Virgin of Guadalupe. Could I have permission to use your photo of the moon with the rabbit marked on it? Do you have that graphic in a larger size?
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!
2 At 8.15am on Tuesday October 13 2009, jack wrote:
1 At 12.12am on Wednesday June 24 2009, Martin wrote:
thats not the rabbit on the moon. aztec legend is a scared rabbit. I have a better picture of it and its looks like a real rabbit.