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Dark side of the Moon charm

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  • Materials:  sterling silver
  • Size: 15x13x15 mm, hole 4 mm.
Artisan charm for bracelets (fits trollbeads etc.), the moon rabbit.

The moon rabbit in folklore is a rabbit that lives on the Moon, based on pareidolia that identifies the markings of the Moon as a rabbit. The story exists in many cultures, prominently in Asian folklore and Aztec mythology. In East Asia, it is seen pounding with a mortar and pestle, but the contents of the mortar differ among Chinese, Japanese, and Korean folklore. In Chinese folklore, it is often portrayed as a companion of the Moon goddess Chang'e, constantly pounding the elixir of life for her; but in Japanese and Korean versions, it is pounding the ingredients for rice cake. In some Chinese versions the rabbit pounds medicine for the mortals.

An early mention that there is a rabbit on the moon appears in the Chu Ci, a Western Han anthology of Chinese poems from the Warring States period, which notes that along with a toad, there is a rabbit on the Moon who constantly pounds herbs for the immortals. This notion is supported by later texts, including the Song-era Taiping Imperial Reader. Han Dynasty poets call the rabbit on the Moon the "Jade Rabbit" or the "Gold Rabbit", and these phrases were often used in place of the word for the Moon. A famous poet of Tang China, Li Bai, relates how"The rabbit in the Moon pounds the medicine in vain" in his poem "The Old Dust."
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