Showing posts with label Rabbits. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Rabbits. Show all posts

Friday, May 10, 2013

Toby Really Didn't Do Much

When you read this misleading story, you come away with the impression that Toby the Rabbit actually accomplished something:
A burglar fled a Devonshire home after reportedly being scared off by the family's giant rabbit. 
Toby, a two-foot-long buck weighing 4.5kg, is said to have frightened the intruder away by thumping his back feet

The burglar actually fled with a lot of valuable items; how did Toby really "scare off" the burglar when the burglar was able to take so many things? How do they know what caused the burglar to leave? Oh, that's right. He had most of the valuables already.

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.

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.