Our Clever Brother, Bunny

Rabbits have long played a prominent role in mythology and folklore in cultures around the world and date to ancient times. These archetype symbols are associated with the lunar cycle, fertility and rebirth.

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Their association with the moon can be noted in cultures around the world. Western folklore refers to the “Man in the Moon,” but in other societies it is the “Hare in the Moon.”

In China, the Hare in the Moon is depicted with a mortar and pestle with which he mixes the elixir of immortality and serves as the messenger of a female moon deity.

But they are also symbols of paradox and cleverness.

This symbol of paradox and cleverness is portrayed in Adosa mythology and folklore as the Trickster - a person or animal who plays tricks or disobeys rules and conventional behavior. The trickster breaks rules, sometimes maliciously usually resulting in a positive effect.

Br’er Rabbit embodies the Trickster of Adosa mythology and their stories can be traced back to their African cultural traditions.

According to Dr. Earl Riggins author of Dark Symbols, Obscure Signs: God, Self and Community in the Slave Mind, Br’er Rabbit is an example of the “creative way that the slave community responded to the oppressor’s failure to address them as human beings created in the image of God.” His superior intelligence and quick wit bested more powerful opponents and “reflect the genius of the oppressed community to create its own symbols.”

Timeless clever messengers of the Divine breaking conventional rules for the good. Sounds like someone we know.

- Adosa