Inspiring from different folklores, one always come to mind and enjoy every time. This is the story of the Jade Rabbit:

 

In East Asia, the Jade Rabbit is a widespread cultural symbol, and the various legends associated with this Eastern bunny differ from country to country. This is how one Chinese legend, an ancient Buddhist story, goes…

The first Chinese God, also known as the famous Jade Emperor, disguised himself into a poor, starving old man and begged for food from monkey, otter, jackal, and rabbit. 

Monkey gathered fruit from the trees, and otter gathered fish from the river. Jackal stole a lizard and a pot of milk curds. Rabbit though, could only gather grass. Knowing well enough that grass can’t be offered as food to humans, rabbit decided to offer its own body, sacrificing itself in the fire the man had started. 

Somehow, though, rabbit wasn’t burned. The old man suddenly revealed himself to be the great Jade Emperor! Touched deeply by rabbit's selfless sacrifice, he sent it to the moon to become the immortal Jade Rabbit.

Depending on where you live on this earth, it is said that if you look up at the moon, you can see an outline of the Jade Rabbit pounding with a pestle. More than just cute, fluffy, and white, the Jade Rabbit is a sign of selflessness, piety, and sacrifice.

 

Each illustration comes with a small card with the story included and would make a great addition/gift for animal and story lovers, anime and watercolor fans, etc.

Jade Rabbit

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