The Easter bunny, a bear of red eggs, comes from German lands and symbolizes fertility.
The first appearance of the rabbit as a symbol of the Easter took place in Germany, appearing mentioned in books around 1500, although it is likely that he has been present for a long time in the popular tradition.
The Germans are, in fact, the first to invent sweets in the form of rabbits, in 1800, made of dough and sugar. During the same period, the first chocolate eggs appeared in France and Germany.
The rabbit symbol comes from pagan festivals dedicated to the goddess Eastre. Legend has it that Eastre found a wounded bird in the field in the winter.
In order to save her from death, the goddess transformed her into a rabbit, but she still retains the ability to lay eggs.
The rabbit, to thank his benefactor, the rabbit decorated the eggs and gave them to the goddess. From this legend was born the tradition that the rabbit bring gifts to children.
In America, this tradition of Easter bunny, which brings gifts painted eggs to kind children, was brought by German emigrants.
Although not a very impressive animal, the rabbit is a sacred messenger of divinity in many cultures.
In the Chinese tradition, the rabbit is a creature that lives on the Moon, where it deals with the milling of rice, the essence of life.
For Buddhists, the rabbit is also a Selenian creature. Legend has it that, not having offered to bring the goddess Indra, the rabbit cooked himself in the sacred fire and, as a reward, was placed on the moon.
And on the American continent, the big-eared animal is a legend. In some tribes there is a myth that describes how the rabbit brought fire to the people, while in the Mayan culture it was credited with the invention of writing.
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