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Have you ever spotted a rabbit on the moon? Anyone who sees the full moon is most likely to spot an impression of a rabbit on it. Children will especially wonder if there really is a rabbit on the moon, and not surprisingly there is a story of the Jade Rabbit to captivate children on the rabbit-shaped mark on the moon.

The tale of the Jade Rabbit goes back to 475-221 BCE, in ancient China. According to a legend, the moon rabbit also known as the jade rabbit is a companion to the Moon Goddess Chang E.

The story of the jade rabbit

Image: mliu92 used under the Creative Commons Licence

Long ago, three holy men descended upon earth disguised as old pitiful men. They found a fox, a monkey, and a rabbit, and asked them if they could spare the old men some food. Both the fox and the monkey found some food, but the poor rabbit couldn't find any. The rabbit felt extremely bad and offered himself to them and said, “Please, eat me” and jumped into the fire. Moved by the rabbit’s act, the Gods decided to take him along to heaven.

He was named as the ‘Jade Rabbit’ and given a place in the Moon Palace, where he continues to live. Another popular Chinese version of the legend tied to the moon's dark spot is that it resembles a rabbit pounding a mortar, which folklore says is the Jade Rabbit pounding medicine to make elixirs at the Moon Palace for the immortals.

pounding medicines - story of the jade rabbit

Image: Tadashi SAWADA used under the Creative Commons Licence

Jade Rabbit in the Moon Festival Celebrations

During the Moon Festival the first purchase is a clay statue of the Jade Rabbit which adorns the Celebration table. Yellow beans and cockscomb flowers are some of the offerings made to the Jade Rabbit.

story of the jade rabbit

Image: Xuan Che used under the Creative Commons Licence

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The Story of The Jade Rabbit

Have you ever spotted a rabbit on the moon? Anyone who sees the full moon is most likely to spot an impression of a rabbit on it. Children will especially wonder if there really is a rabbit on the moon, and not surprisingly there is a story of the Jade Rabbit to captivate children on the rabbit-shaped mark on the moon.

The tale of the Jade Rabbit goes back to 475-221 BCE, in ancient China. According to a legend, the moon rabbit also known as the jade rabbit is a companion to the Moon Goddess Chang E.

The story of the jade rabbit

Image: mliu92 used under the Creative Commons Licence

Long ago, three holy men descended upon earth disguised as old pitiful men. They found a fox, a monkey, and a rabbit, and asked them if they could spare the old men some food. Both the fox and the monkey found some food, but the poor rabbit couldn’t find any. The rabbit felt extremely bad and offered himself to them and said, “Please, eat me” and jumped into the fire. Moved by the rabbit’s act, the Gods decided to take him along to heaven.

He was named as the ‘Jade Rabbit’ and given a place in the Moon Palace, where he continues to live. Another popular Chinese version of the legend tied to the moon’s dark spot is that it resembles a rabbit pounding a mortar, which folklore says is the Jade Rabbit pounding medicine to make elixirs at the Moon Palace for the immortals.

pounding medicines - story of the jade rabbit

Image: Tadashi SAWADA used under the Creative Commons Licence

Jade Rabbit in the Moon Festival Celebrations

During the Moon Festival the first purchase is a clay statue of the Jade Rabbit which adorns the Celebration table. Yellow beans and cockscomb flowers are some of the offerings made to the Jade Rabbit.

story of the jade rabbit

Image: Xuan Che used under the Creative Commons Licence

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