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HARE

A picture showing the legend of HARE taken from our African mythology archives. Illustration by Chas Saunders. Read the story below or search the index for more African Gods, African Goddesses, heroes, demons and monsters!

The infamous twitchy-nosed Trickster God

Is there anyone without a hare? The trickster rabbit figure is hare, there and everywhere, zig-zagging and madly dancing through so many cultures, legends and tales. The Chinese Hare In The Moon, the Mad March Hare of Wonderland and the Great Rabbit MANABOZHO of Native American fame.

We have picked the Yoruba people's HARE as a particular favorite. He starred in one of the first Hare and Tortoise fables, one of the few occasions when the trickster was out-tricked. Many of his exploits were taken almost verbatim to create the Brer Rabbit tales.

In Yoruba ceremonies HARE head-dresses were worn in celebratory mode. That's right. Ceremonial hats with bunny ears. Cute.

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Article last updated on 11 May 2011
Authors: Peter J Allen and Chas Saunders
References: Coming soon.

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ABOUT HARE : FACTS AND FIGURES
Name : HARE
Area or people : Yoruba people of Nigeria and Benin
Location : Africa
Gender : Male
Type : Deity
Celebration or Feast Day : Unknown at present
Good/Evil Rating : OKAY, not bad
Pronunciation : Coming soon
Alternative names : None known
Popularity index : 655

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