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January 17th, 2005, 12:58 PM
Does anyone know of legends/divinities/traditions associated with rabbits? I"m looking for a nice name for my new bunny.

January 17th, 2005, 01:00 PM
There is an old chinese legend about a rabbit on the moon :



and heres one of various myths about rabbits


January 17th, 2005, 01:02 PM
hmm, well there are a few cultures that saw the goddess of the moon holding a bunny....maybe something lunar? Like Luna?

January 17th, 2005, 01:06 PM
Heres some more rabbit legends :


January 17th, 2005, 01:10 PM
Thank you for those links, I will look at them at lunch.

I should have mentioned, the bunny is a boy, and he is harlequin coloured, meaning orange and black stripes. Any other suggestions?

January 17th, 2005, 01:18 PM
I remember my brother had one and we called her bonnie bunny.

The one in chinese culture was named Jade Rabbit, or Yui-Tu. However the name is also used to describe a phase of the moon. He symbolized immortality and longetivity.

Amethyst Rose
January 17th, 2005, 02:01 PM
Hmm.... the only rabbit association I can think of is the goddes Eostre. There's a story, I read that says that the goddess Eostre, to amuse some children changed a bird into a rabbit. The bird was very sad at not being able to fly anymore, so the goddess changed the rabbit back into a bird, on the condition that once a year, it becomes a rabbit. And that's why rabbits hop (they're trying to fly), and why the easter bunny lays eggs. :) :lol:
However, it's just a cute story for kids, I think...because research suggests that there was no goddess Eostre.

luna rising
January 17th, 2005, 02:02 PM
Sorry - but you just reminded me of a book that I absolutely LOVED when I was a kid - "Bunnicula!"

Amethyst Rose
January 17th, 2005, 02:06 PM
Oh! Then there's also the Velvetine Rabbit.....but I don't think he had a name, did he?

January 17th, 2005, 02:17 PM
I don't think the Velveteen rabbit did have a name, actually! Neither did the boy, come to think of it.

January 17th, 2005, 02:41 PM
I'm beginning to soften towards Hugh or Huw:

Huw (HYOO) Welsh version of Hugh, from Old German hugi "intelligence, spirit". Hew, Hewe, Hu.

Any suggestions other than Hefner as a second name?

January 17th, 2005, 03:18 PM
I have come up with something I'm very happy with!
Huw Caradoc

Huw (HYOO) Welsh version of Hugh, from Old German hugi "intelligence, spirit". Hew, Hewe, Hu

Caradoc "beloved"

So his name means beloved spirit :)

He'll probably get called Huey or Hu-bu or Bu.