The Hare in the Moon

‘I will take your gift little hare, and I will carry you in my arms up to the moon, so that everyone on the earth may see you and hear the tale of your kindness and unselfishness.’

 

Signed, silk screen print on Somerset acid free 100% cotton 250gsm paper

 

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This print was inspired by a two month cycling trip to India where I became fascinated by the many folk tales that I encountered. This print originates from the 'Jataka' Tales:

 

Hare in the Moon

India, Jataka Tales

 

In one of his previous lives the Bodhisatta was born as a hare. He had two friends – a monkey and a jackal. One day a Brahman disguised as a beggar came into the forest looking for food. The monkey brought him fresh mangos to eat and the jackal fresh fish form the river. The hare, who only ate grass, knew that man did not eat grass so instructed the Brahman to build a fire, and when the fire was burning, he said, ‘I have nothing to give you to eat but myself!’ Then, the hare threw himself into
the fire.

 

The Brahman, was astonished and deeply moved. He caused the fire to be cold, so the hare was not burned, and then revealed his true form to the selfless little hare. ‘Dear hare,’ he said, ‘your virtue will be remembered through
the ages.’

 

‘I will take your gift little hare, and I will carry you in my arms up to the moon, so that everyone on the earth may see you and hear the tale of your kindness and unselfishness.’ And then Sakra painted the wise hare’s likeness on the pale face of the Moon, for all to see.

 

Sakra returned to his home on Mount Meru, and the four friends lived long and happily in their beautiful forest. And to this day, those who look up at the Moon can see the image of the selfless hare.

 

 

Lillias Kinsman-Blake © 2014.