Rabbit in the Moon
The shadows on the surface of a full moon can act as a cultural ink-blot test.
When you look at the moon, you can notice light and dark places. In ancient times people thought that the dark places were seaīs, nowadays we know that these are plains where the sun reflect differently.
People saw images in those dark places, just like a ink-blot test. Some saw the head of a little man, others a man with a bunch of wood on his back. This is how the following folktale originated:
On a sunday Ludegeer was gathering wood. When a priest pointed him on the fact that this was not allowed on sunday, Ludegeer awnsered that for him sunday was just like monday. As a punishment, he was banned to the moon, where it was a monday forever.
When the Maya looked at the same dark places, they didnīt see a man in the moon, but a pattern in the shape of a rabbit.
The moongoddess, Ixchel, was often depicted with a rabbit in her arms. This refered to a myth in which the moon was as bright as the sun. In a attempt to temper the bright light of the moon, the gods throwed a rabbit in to her face.