Saturday, September 11, 2010
I couldn't resist the rabbit in the window of a toy shop in Dawson Street. It's not the first I've featured. Somehow, the display is always interesting there. The rabbit is a creature of the moon and can represent a deep dream state. Allies of the earth mother, plants and water they are truly mythological creatures, appearing and disappearing at will. The rabbits are heroes of popular and ancient culture and surely there are few traditions where rabbits do not feature prominently. In Egyptian, Chinese, Celtic and native American cultures and traditions, rabbits are central. Aztec farmers told not of one rabbit god but of four hundred, and since they hop to one side or another at will, they are also depicted as idle drunkards. The rabbit is the symbol of elemental life, both positive and negative.