Tuesday, December 05, 2006

A Rabbit's Tale

THE THREE HARES PROJECT Three hares are chasing one another in an everlasting circle. They share between them only three ears which form a triangle in the center of the design, yet each animal has two ears. The earliest known appearance of this motif is in the Mogao caves near Dunhuang, China.Along the Silk Road other sightings of the three hares are found. The hares seem to have traveled in distance and time, adapting to different religions and taking on new meanings where they settled. Recently researchers have begun seeking to answer these questions: what is the meaning of the three hares motif, where did the motif originate, and how did it spread?

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