When Easter comes around, no animal becomes more popular than the bunny. We see it in chocolate form, as stuffed animals, on greeting cards, and various Easter themed items. The bunny has no doubt become a symbol for the Christian holiday, and has also become the “Santa Claus” of Easter, as the pointy-eared friend is said to bring chocolate and toys to children. But where did the bunny originate from? Let’s take a quick look.
Hares and bunnies are said to have appeared in motif art in medieval times, with it being believed that the hare was a hermaphrodite since it was thought to have been capable of reproducing without loss of virginity. This thus led the hare to be associated with the Virgin Mary and appearing in manuscripts and forms of art. It is also stated that the hare was associated with the Teutonic deity Eostra, who was the goddess of spring and fertility. (more…)