How come the rabbit on the moon ?


China’s lunar Rover is not about “Jadehase”. In East Asia you do not see a “man in the moon”, but a hare. When looking at the moon, our brain wants to align incomplete structures on familiar forms.

The bright and the dark plains on the moon are also distinguished with the naked eye easily, and this stimulates the imagination of the people. But what exactly is seen and what this could mean, about people of different cultures puzzles since time immemorial.

In Western culture, many of the children already in early Childhood, from a “man in the moon”. The appropriate children’s rhyme is: “dot, dot, comma, dash, ready for the moon face”. This man in the moon wakes up caring about us: “La le lu, only the man in the moon watches if the little babies to sleep, drum, sleep You, too,” says the German lullaby by Heino Gaze.

In the French silent film “The trip to the moon” from 1902, the “man in the moon the astronauts expected to find, of course”

In Africa there is the Tradition to see the moon, a crocodile, or a man carrying firewood on his back.

Chinese, Japanese and Koreans in the moon spots a rabbit, either with or without mortar. This moon rabbit can be found not only in Chinese but also in Japanese and Korean mythology. Background of the rabbit-theme, a legend in East Asia, Africa and even in Latin-America. In East Asia the legend-spread by the Chuci, a collection of poems from the South of China, such as those caused 300 to 150 BC.

Once upon a time…

In the legend, a Fox, a monkey and a rabbit were friends. The days played and chased you, the nights they spent together in the forest. As the Lord of heaven learned of this unusual friendship, he visited the three as an old Wanderer, dressed by the camp fire and asked her for something to eat.

The monkey brought him nuts, and the Fox brought fish, rice cakes and drinks, which were as a sacrifice in a cemetery. Only the poor rabbit could not find anything. And so the hare jumped into the fire to sacrifice himself. The Lord of heaven was so touched that he made the body of the rabbit and him with to the moon, where he was the Companion of the moon goddess Chang’e. In the case of the self-immolation caused smoke and lay down on the shiny surface of the moon and mimics even today, his design.

Model of Chinese lunar Rover Yutu, the “Jadehase”

According to this legend, the current Chinese lunar probe, Chang’e 4, and the Rover, the you there, has sold, is called Yutu, so Jadehase. In Japan, the hare in the moon Tsuki no Usagi. According to Tradition, he’s pounding the ingredients for rice cake in a mortar.

The hare-moon crater East of the lunar front side, to the Southeast of the Mare Fecunditatis, however, has nothing to do with the cute buck: he is named after the German mathematician Johann Matthias Hase (1684-1742).

Mythical name also for scientific projects?

People have always tried to recognize in the arrangement of the star pattern, Shape, or objects and to use them in visual units. The result of this pattern recognition, the constellations, the means to discover the man in the sky.

Star images can be used in almost all cultures notice and until the early high cultures. Similar figures or animals, people play a prominent role. Today’s constellations go back to the twelve Babylonian and ancient Egyptian signs of the zodiac, which have been advanced in ancient Greece in 48. Since 1922, international 88 star images are used.

In the case of star images like figures, or animals, people play a prominent role.

To name the ambitious space projects to the symbolic myths or legendary figures, is also not uncommon: And the United States called their space project, which brought together for the first and so far the only Time people on the moon, not even about the “Apollo”program.

At a conference in Washington in July 1960, Abe Silverstein, Director of space development at NASA, this name suggested, the planned manned lunar circumnavigation (not landing!) with the journey of the Sun of the Greek-Roman God Apollo is equated with.

We see what we want to see

The phenomenon, (lunar)landscapes, cloud formations, or things perceived faces, to recognize familiar creatures or objects is called Pareidolia, which means so much as Wore-image or shadow image. Well-known space-examples for Pareidolien also the “face on Mars” in the Cydonia Region of Mars, in addition to the “hare in the moon” and “moon face”.

Here, a User provides the same time a reference to Star Wars heroes, Han Solo, was frozen in the imagination-chemical “Carbonite”. This Pareidolien caused by consciously or unconsciously caused Misinterpretations by the human brain. Because our brain wants to ambiguous or seemingly incomplete images or structures, complete, and familiar Patterns and shapes to align.

Unlike hallucinations Pareidolien can be controlled consciously, and do not disappear even then, when watching intently the supposed face/object. You can also be in the rule of several persons at the same time perceived.

Sometimes the interpretation of the supposed forms is a further step. When NASA released this image taken by the Chandra Observatory in 2014, believed to detect some of the viewer on the images of the object PSR B1509-58, the “Hand of God”.

  • Myth Of The Moon

    Religious symbolism and astronomy

    In the early days the forces of the moon was worshipped, To be increase and Decrease associated with the activities of the people. The time was counted in moons instead of days, and Roman months. The sky disc of Nebra, 1999 in Saxony-Anhalt found, for both aspects: early astronomy, and spirituality. Her age is estimated to be 3700 to 4100 years.

  • Myth Of The Moon

    The Fascination Of The Blood Moon

    In the case of a total lunar Eclipse the moon turns in the shadow of the earth blood-red – a phenomenon, the star-Gazer on the evening of 27. July 2018 for a particularly long time to be able to observe. The sight brought back memories of the “super moon” of 2015 (picture). At that time, the moon, the earth, and came close in its orbit and appeared to increase in size. Since time immemorial, the earth’s satellite is considered to be mysterious and magical.

  • Myth Of The Moon

    Charged with significance

    In art state-of-the moon over the centuries for many different things: the innocence, the virgin Mary, for female sexuality. The high phase of the employment with the moon the romance was. The artist wanted to give the moon its magic. Here in the picture: Caspar David Friedrich’s “Two men contemplating the moon” from the year 1820.

  • Myth Of The Moon

    Muse of the Poet

    In the literature, the moon has always played a large role. Especially the lyric uses the earth’s natural satellite. He is mostly melancholy and longing – but for consolation, as in Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s poem “To the moon”. In the first Verse of the poem reads: “Füllest again Bush and valley silently with a mist of gloss, finally solve once my soul.”

  • Myth Of The Moon

    The moon howl at

    The moon not only stimulates screech-owl and wolves to Sing, the man is singing the praises of since time immemorial, the heaven of the body. Famous examples from the modern period Matthias Claudius, evening song (“The moon has risen”), Glenn Miller’s “Moonlight Serenade”, Elvis Presley’s “Blue Moon” or Pink Floyd’s Album “The Dark Side Of The Moon”.

  • Myth Of The Moon

    Horror and romance

    Mark Twain once said: “Everyone is like a moon. He has a dark side which he never shows to anybody.” Since ancient times there is to Say to people who transform at the full moon into wolves. The cinema is on the werewolf myth. Here is a picture from “The wolf man” from 1941. However, even in romantic comedies such as the U.S. Film “moonstruck” (1987) playing to the moon a major role.

  • Myth Of The Moon

    Media Century Event

    With the first manned landing on the moon in 1969, the moon would have to lose its last secrets, and therefore also its power of attraction. Suddenly, people were walking around – as here, in the image Astronaut Buzz Aldrin on the place and took photos. Science, it seemed, had conquered the moon finally.

  • Myth Of The Moon

    Unbroken Attraction

    But the fascination of the moon has not diminished by his conquest. In 2013, the Chinese artist Ai Weiwei and his Danish colleague, Ólafur Elíasson called their project “Moon”: everyone can immortalize with a drawing on the moon. “Look at the moon, grow together, while others also look at him,” said Weiwei and Elíasson.

    Author: Philipp Jedicke