29. The Moon and the Hare

The Moon, on one occasion, sent the Hare to the earth to inform Men that as she, the Moon, died , and rose again, so mankind should die and rise again. Instead, however, of delivering this message as given, the Hare, either out of forgetfulness or malice, told mankind that as the Moon rose and died away, so Man should die and rise no more. The Hare, having returned to the Moon, was questioned as to the message delivered, and the Moon, having heard what the Hare had said, became so enraged with him that she took up a hatchet to split his head; falling short, however, the hatchet fell on the upper lip of the Hare, and cut it severely. Hence it is that we see the “Hare-lip.” The Hare, being enraged at having received such treatment, raised his claws, and scratched the Moon’s face; and the dark spots which we now see on the surface of the Moon are the scars which she received on that occasion.