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Long-eared: Beloved rabbit

Regardless of whether it rains, snows, hails, storms or the sun is shining on Easter Sunday, you can rely on him - the Easter Bunny will definitely bring the eggs. And of course hides them too. You have to find it yourself, however

In the past, he didn't have to do all the work alone, for example the cuckoo in Switzerland and the fox, the stork or the rooster in Germany. But in the 19th century the rabbit finally made the race - which was probably also due to commercialization. Because with the affordability of beet sugar and cocoa, chocolate found its way from the nobility to the bourgeoisie and the pastry chefs created rabbit figures for Easter from the coveted delicacy.
The hares (Leporidae, from Latin lepus = hare) are a mammal family from the order of the hare-like (Lagomorpha). The family is divided into two subfamilies with eleven genera and around 55 species. The division of this family into hares and rabbits is not a systematic one. Nevertheless, there are some characteristics that influence whether a genus or a species is described as a hare or a rabbit:

• Rabbits usually have longer ears and stronger ears
Hind legs as rabbits.
• Rabbits hide from predators in
Hide. Hares live in the open field and flee
when attacking at high speed.
• Rabbits tend to be solitary, while some species of rabbit, such as the wild rabbit, are sociable.
• Newborn rabbits are born naked and blind after a short gestation period (usually 27–30 days) and are nestling, while newborn rabbits after a longer gestation period (37–50 days) have fur and open eyes and flee the nest.
The real hare (Lepus) are the most species-rich genus within the family of the hare (Leporidae). It comprises about 30 species, the distribution areas of which are in Europe, Asia and North America and six of which are also or exclusively native to Europe. Compared to other hare-like rabbits, real hares have very long hind legs, which are around twice as long as the front legs, and very large ears. The skull is thinner than other rabbits.

The ears of the Trinity

According to Wikipedia, the Easter bunny is mentioned for the first time in the dissertation of the Frankfurt doctor Johannes Richier, who received his doctorate from the Heidelberg medical professor Georg Franck von Franckenau in 1682 with the treatise "De ovis paschalibus - von Oster-Eyern". Eggs and rabbits have always been considered symbols of fertility and the victory of life over death, so the connection with Easter can be explained, but the function of the rabbit as an "egg hider" is not. This question is not answered in the dissertation either, but there is a hypothesis: This is how one found painted Easter eggs with the three-rabbit picture - a representation of three rabbits with a total of only three ears, but due to the "double use" each rabbit still has two ears; this is a well-known symbol for the trinity today. The connection between Easter, eggs and rabbits could thus have a cornerstone in it. The interpretation of the hare as a symbol of life force, rebirth and resurrection comes from antiquity. Here is the root for representations in connection with the Christian Easter festival, in which the resurrection of Christ is commemorated.

But even outside of Easter, the rabbit was and is always of great importance: in mythology, in painting and the visual arts, in literature and in film. This time, however, we want to leave out its importance in the kitchen

Ornate symbol

The hare or the rabbit has been a common pictorial motif in the fine arts since antiquity, which can have different meanings in different cultures. Basically, the hare is often associated with lunar deities and embodies rebirth and resurrection here.

It is a symbol of fertility and lust and is often an attribute of hunting and monthly representations. In early Christian art, which mostly refers to the "Physiologus", a work by an anonymous author that describes plants, stones and animals and allegorically alludes to the Christian salvation event, the hare can have a negative meaning, such as unbridled sexuality and lust a positive one as a symbol of the steep path to salvation.

In the case of medieval depictions of the hare, it can be deduced from the context whether a person is running into perdition or striving for eternal salvation. In modern non-sacred art, the hare appears in the same context as in antiquity: as a prey of the hunter, on monthly representations of spring or autumn and as an attribute of Venus and a symbol for physical love. The best-known depiction, the study of a young brown hare by Albrecht Dürer, has no symbolic meaning - it only served to capture nature as accurately and as realistically as possible. You can't say that about Jeff Koons "Rabbit"

A specialty are the rabbits on the roof ridge of the choir of the fortified church of St. Michael in the Wachau: They aren't actually any, but the seven figures represent deer and horses, but are referred to as "The seven rabbits of St. Michael". According to a legend, there was once a severe winter with so much snow that the houses of St. Michael were covered with it and the space between the church and Atzberg was completely filled. The rabbits, who wandered around from hunger, got onto the roof of the church and ran over it.

With so many rabbits in art, it seemed only logical to dedicate a museum to them right away. There were even two of them in Europe, one in Eppelheim in Germany and one in Bubikon in Switzerland. But they are both now closed, one because of a lack of approval, the other for financial reasons.

Movie star bunny

As in the fine arts, the rabbit naturally cuts a fine figure in film. Even if not everyone can see him occasionally, for example in "My friend Harvey" based on the play of the same name by Mary Chase. The quirky Elwood P. Dowd likes to roam the streets with a 2.10 meter bunny named Harvey, only to end up in his favorite bar. But his companion is only visible to him. In any case, the story ends with Elwood escaping his admission to the sanatorium and Harvey obviously not so invisible after all.

Frank, on the other hand, usually remains silent and his rabbit head looks more like a skull mask. The figure in the rabbit costume gives 16-year-old Donnie Darko strange orders, until it turns out that everything happens in a tangent universe and Frank dies there. The dark, weird film by Richard Kelly prompted critics and audiences to the wildest interpretations, none of which really worked.

Roger Rabbit is neither disguised nor invisible, but a cartoon character who lives with real people in a fictional Los Angeles. But because he is inattentive at work, the human private investigator Eddie Valiant is supposed to find out whether Jessica is cheating on her husband Roger Rabbit. Apart from the insane story, the special thing about this film is that it works completely without computer effects.

This is different with the newer versions of "Alice in Wonderland": The March hare (the name comes from the English phrase "crazy as a hare in March") and the white rabbit in the real-life version by Tim Burton are perfect animations from the computer.

Bugs Bunny is also a cartoon character from Warner Studios. It is said to be based on "Max Hare" from the Disney cartoon "The Turtle and the Rabbit" from 1935. In the form known today, Bugs Bunny first appeared in the 1940 film "The Rabbit Trap". More than 150 cartoons, television series and appearances in films such as "Wrong Game with Roger Rabbit" or "Looney Tunes: Back In Action" followed. His hallmarks are his hectic demeanor and his special way of eating carrots.

A very special cartoon in the rabbit category is "Watership Down". It is about the journey of a group of rabbits who flee their ancestral homes and find a new home in the English hill country Watership Down. The basis for the film, which is based on the novel of the same name by Richard Adams, is a legend:

In the beginning the sun god Frith created the world, the plants and the animals, which were all the same in the beginning. But when the rabbits multiply more and more uncontrollably and take over the majority, Frith wants to talk to the rabbit prince El-ahrairah into conscience. He, however, describes his people as the strongest and therefore as legitimate rulers. Frith does not want to accept this and now gives each animal its own characteristics - he gives weasels, foxes, falcons and cats the hunting instinct, which then decimates the rabbit population. But El-ahrairah also has qualities: large ears to hear dangers and strong hind legs to be able to flee quickly. "Watership Down" is definitely not a film for children, but a disturbing, sometimes very brutal metaphor for dictatorships, abuse of power, unjust ownership and the increasing destruction of nature.

For the quiet family afternoon, "Peter Hase" ("Peter Rabbit") is more suitable. The mixture of real and cartoon films also has the fight between humans and rabbits as its content, but remains largely on the romantic side. However, the film did not go down very well with fans of Beatrix Potter's novel.

Of course, this list is by no means nearly complete, other films come to mind like "Zoomania", "The fantastic Mr. Fox", "Bambi" with his best rabbit friend Klopfer, "Keinohrhasen" or even "In the Valley of the Easter Bunnies". You can see how fertile such a rabbit can be