A MYTHICAL REPORT OF A LUNAR ECLIPSE?
In cultural astronomy there is a global practice of identifying the shape of a hare or a rabbit on the disk of the moon. In Mesoamerican glyphs, Indian Vedic Panchatantra, China, and Europe, there are many examples. The clear description in Grimm’s fairy tale of Hare and Hedgehog of a race lasting 73 circuits represents the five divisions of the year by the Moon’s periods and has a parallel in the arrangement of St. Mary’s feast days over the year. Old farmer’s calendar symbols, still in use confirm this assumption. The race of the hare and hedgehog mirrors the orbits of Sun and Moon and ends with blood shooting out of the hare’s neck, which describes a red total lunar eclipse. Other data in the fable allow us to find when this eclipse could have happened, and we see there is only one perfectly matching date in the past 2000 years.