The Horror and The Hare – The Bunny Goes Chop Chop Chop
With respect to the religious individual traditions and celebrations for today, this article is strictly about the bunny! From churches in Devon to the Far East and the Middle East, the evolution of this bunny is interesting. Earliest accounts of a trio rabbit motif date back approximately to 6th century AD and seen on the ceilings of the Buddhist cave temples in Dunhuang,China. Hopping forward to the 16th Century, German text have been found stating “ Do not worry if the Easter Bunny escapes you; should we miss his eggs, we will cook the nest”. Feel free to nibble on that fun statement a tick. We jump a little to that fable traveling I’ve an ocean to arrive to the United States around the 18th Century. By the 19th Century we have our sweets shops introducing and selling the infamous chocolate rabbits.
Speed round history is fun right?! So where is the horror coupling? So the abnormally large character sneaking into your home at all hours of the night has been used with Santa so let’s go deeper. An over sized animal isn’t natural no matter how you spin it. More often than not , those chocolate bunnies are an accessory to the bundle and eggs. Eggs come from the rabbits. We hide them and eat them with no hesitation. Do with we do it with eggs from chickens, sure. But cooking is usually involved.
Point. The history behind anything is fascinating. It’s fun to step back and see how potentially scary these random holidays are in a loose interpretation. Flip the golden coin. I’m a mom. We absolutely go big on Easter. Innocent joy and sparkle excitement in wee ones is priceless BUT grin a little when you bite the head off a chocolate rabbit because there is a little horror in all of us!