The magical mythology of mad March Hares : Article and Documentary

march hares

The witch, the trickster, the fertility symbol and the real Easter Bunny.

Hares are amazing creatures. Steeped in Mythology and wonder the sight of two ‘boxing Hares’ in March is incredible.

I am luck to have something of a Hare ‘hot spot’ an hour or so from Me and one March visited early in the morning with My wife Laura armed with cameras – hopeful but not expecting get much but a glimpse of these incredible animals.

Wow. we got a lot more than that – the Hares came out in force, running, chasing, boxing and lounging in the emerging Sun.

It was an amazing experience.

Spring is in the air again and now is the time to plan to see these incredible creatures !

In the article below Marianne Taylor explores the enduring magic of the brown hare.

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Brown hares are relative newcomers to the British Isles and are thought to have been imported from mainland Europe in the Iron Age to provide sport for hunters and food for everyone. It is their upland cousin, the mountain hare, that’s a true British native, but most of our folklore relates to the brown hare. This reflects how successfully they settled into their new home, proliferating across the open lowlands and soon becoming familiar to all.

In the Middle Ages, hares were linked, like certain other enigmatic creatures, to witchcraft. A tale of the time tells of a hunter who wounded a hare and followed its blood trail back to a cottage in the woods. Here, he found an old woman at her stove – she claimed the fresh cut on her arm was the result of an accident with a kitchen knife. However, it was common knowledge that, with the right incantation, a witch could assume a hare’s shape, complete with its speed, power and ability to vanish at will. The circumstantial evidence was enough to condemn the woman to death.

Every notable trait that the hare possesses has inspired its own legends, but all are there for a sound survival reason. That split lip, for example, is often said to be an injury sustained when a trickster hare took a practical joke too far and earned himself a smack in the face. In reality, it simply allows him to get his teeth to the base of a plant stem more easily.

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