Saturday, August 16, 2014

The Man in the Moon and the Moon Rabbit


I love Niina's theme this week at Inspiration Avenue.

On August 10 we had a super moon, an event where the full moon is 
at its closest position to the earth in a given month. This makes it Big! and Bright!

With my less-than-sophisticated camera, I was able to snap a few photos just after dusk.
I'm surprised they turned out at all.

I think the Man in the Moon is tired of all the super moon hoop-la 
and he's nowhere to be seen in these photos :-)

Everyone's heard of the Man in the Moon, 

but did you know there is a Moon Rabbit?

The Moon Rabbit in folklore is based on markings on the moon 
that resemble a rabbit and a mortar. In East Asia, it is seen pounding 
in a mortar and pestle, but the contents of the mortar differ 
among Chinese, Japanese, and Korean folklore. 
In Chinese folklore, it is often portrayed as a companion of the 
Moon goddess Chang'e, constantly pounding the elixir of life for her; 
but in Japanese and Korean versions, it is pounding the ingredients for rice cake.

You can read more about the Moon Rabbit on Wikipedia.

The Sleeping Village painting above is available in my shop.

The two paintings below have gone to new homes . . .

Have a great week!