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Hare in the Moon

hɛː ɪn ðə muːn

noun | Astroanthropology

a feature of ancient Chinese folklore based on pareidolia interpretations of a pattern on the Moon as a rabbit or hare. In the myth, the hare is said to be pounding medicines with a pestle in a mortar. This myth has been classified as part of Chinese Astronicism.

Origin and etymology

  • Astro-English: from Astronese, the phrase Hare in the Moon, was coined by Cometan to denote the moon rabbit myth from Chinese folklore as part of Cometan’s initial scholarly works on the Astronic tradition in China.