Showing posts with label Easter Wolf. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Easter Wolf. Show all posts

Monday, March 4, 2013

The Scientific Link Between Early Human Societies and Rabbits

This is a very important aspect of the back story that I've been struggling to create.

The "smartest monkeys" went on to be the cleverest ones that could not only hunt rabbits and thrive, but come up with rituals and holidays and days free of worry. This is an important aspect of human development--we may have evolved with the cooperation of the various kinds of animals that evolved along with us in a more interdependent way than previously understood.

As the larger types of prey died off, the ability of early humans to survive may have depended on the inability of the Neanderthals to develop a clever method of catching small game. Brilliant stuff.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Where Do the Wolves Roam?

This is not an awful question that someone should immediately make fun of. The reintroduction of wolves is a bit of a pipe dream for American society right now. Introducing wolves into Northern Virginia? Please. The uproar over such a thing would cause a miniature arms race. Virtually everyone with a backyard would freak out and purchase a high-powered hunting rifle.

The map I've shown you above gives you much of the history of these efforts. The wolf has never been eradicated from Northern Minnesota but I cannot see how it could safely be reintroduced into the Eastern United States without driving millions into a ridiculous panic.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Russia's Version of the Easter Bunny

This antique postcard is from Russia and it uses a typical motif to show the Easter Bunny in all of his sly glory, getting the credit for everything while sitting in a basket, looking nonchalant.

In examples like this, it is clear to see that there is something else going on. I have to do some more research on marketing techniques and old advertising methods.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

The Celtic Origins of the Easter Bunny

Holy Family With Three Hares (Albrecht Durer, circa 1497)
This is another illustration of rabbits by Albrecht Durer, who did the original hare that inspired the Easter Bunny motif.

I was happy to learn this:

The symbol of the hare was used deliberately to transfer old pagan religion into a Christian context, and the Albrecht Durer woodcut of the Holy Family (1471-1 528) clearly depicts three hares at the family' s feet. Later superstition changed the Easter hare into the Easter rabbit or . bunny.far less threatening than the ancient pagan symbol and very few people will be aware that the hare ever held such standing, and why. 
As the ancient beliefs died, superstitions about the hare were rife and many witches were reported to have hares as their familiars. In the . 17th Century Witch Trials. quoted by Margaret Murray, one of the old women chants...  
"Hare, hare, god send the care
I am in a hare's likeness now, 
But I shall be in a woman's likeness even now. 
Today we talk of a lucky rabbit's footbut for many generations a hare's paw or foot was a much used charm against evil, a throw-back to the long forgotten belief in Eostre the Celtic dawn goddess. By AD 410 when Celtic Britain had emerged from the long centuries of Roman occupation, the Celts were struggling to balance the original co-equal society with male dominance.
This has me itching to get back to work, but I have a lot going on right now. I think Eostre should become a minor character, someone peeved enough to throw some weight around.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Angst Rabbit

This is probably my favorite of German rabbit sayings. Combining the word angst and hase (rabbit) is a brilliant concept.

I don't know if the science is exact enough for the blurb to be true, though. I think the instinctual need to flee from other animals is fairly ingrained in a "flight" animal, especially since the rabbit is programmed to run itself to death.

Yes, to death.

If you pick up a rabbit, and hold it in the air, it will die of a heart attack. That's why you should always support the rear feet of the rabbit if you pick it up. Never dangle a rabbit.

Mock Rabbit

This is "falscher hase," or "mock rabbit" and it looks edible. How good it is is anybody's guess.

I don't think I could get away with serving rabbit. I thought it was bad enough last year when I had lamb cutlets.

Rabbit Foot

This is a great time of the year.

Easter is the beginning of spring, and there are so many great phrases and terms that go with Easter. The term "rabbit foot" is one that has a German origination, and there are more of those kinds of things here.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

The Real Story of the Easter Bunny Doesn't Make Sense to Me

This arrives via Buzzfeed, and I suppose there are things in here that I can react to:
He Can’t Even Cover the Whole World! 
Say what you will about Santa Claus, but at least he’s delivering presents the world over. The shiftless Easter Bunny outsources egg and candy distribution in various parts of the globe. Swiss children have to make do with a cuckoo, rendering Easter no more special than a common clock. In various other cultures, kids have to be content with an Easter stork, fox, or rooster. 
He’s a German Sleeper Agent! 
The sneakiest spies lie low and work themselves into the fabric of a community before striking. By that standard, the Easter Bunny may well be the most successful German spy of all time. The suspicious bunny traces his roots back to a 16th-century German character named Osterhase. When German immigrants came to North America en masse in the 18th century, they brought their buddy Osterhase with them. Sure, he’s been here for hundreds of years now, but can we really trust him? 
He Might Not Be a Rabbit! 
He calls himself “the Easter Bunny,” but that name is at least half wrong. Osterhase translates into English as “the Easter Hare.” Despite what the puns in Bugs Bunny cartoons would have you believe, hares and rabbits aren’t the same thing. Hares are larger, haven’t been domesticated, and live in nests rather than underground. So this “Easter Bunny” changed his name upon arriving in this country? Sounds suspicious if you ask us. 
He’s Not Laying Any Eggs! 
Hare, rabbit … it doesn’t matter. Neither of these furry creatures lays eggs. How did this floppy-eared huckster experience such a Machiavellian rise to the top of the egg-delivery business? By relying on a combination of charm and virility. Rabbits and hares have been symbols of rebirth for centuries. Same with eggs. So when Germans started hiding Easter eggs for children in the 16th century, where better to stash them than in hares’ nests?
He Has Enemies in Australia!
Think bunnies are cute? Australians don’t. Rabbits aren’t native to the continent, but hunting enthusiasts introduced 24 imported specimens as quarry in the 1850s. Unfortunately, the rabbits procreated like, well, rabbits. By the turn of the 20th century, the adorable bunnies had become crop-destroying thorns in farmers’ sides. The situation became so dire that the province of Western Australia tried to enclose itself in a giant fence to stall illegal rabbit immigration. So, in the 1990s, Australians found a viable replacement: the bilby. 
Bilbies are endangered marsupials that share the Easter Bunny’s long ears and have the added bonus of respecting the nation’s valuable crops. Today, Australian kids celebrate Easter by munching on chocolate bilbies.
No, not really.
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Sunday, January 1, 2012

The Easter Wolf

In the 18th Century, German settlers brought the tradition of the Easter Bunny to the United States. The Easter Bunny was first mentioned in relation to the celebration of Eostre in the Rhineland and Alsace, and was thought to have been first mentioned in 1682 by Georg Franck von Franckenau.

What people don't realize is that the Easter Wolf was invented to give the Easter Bunny a much-needed nemesis.