Rabbit Tattoos Alexandria LA
Baton Rouge, LA
Rabbit Tattoo Designs - From ancient times, the rabbit and the hare have symbolized abundance, sexuality, lust and fertility. To 'breed like a rabbit' suggests rampant and unrestrained growth. In African and American oral tradition, the rabbit is an archetypal trickster, sometimes hero, almost always lovable, but often amoral. Likewise in Japanese lore, the white rabbit proves too clever and arrogant for its own good, meeting disastrous ends. In the Chinese zodiac, the rabbit is the happiest of the twelve symbols, being kind, popular, affectionate and obliging. In China, the hare is also a symbol of long life. In parts of Asia and the Americas, the 'man in the moon' is perceived as 'the rabbit in the moon'.
Native American totem medicine heralds the rabbit as the symbol of fertility. As an animal spirit guide, the rabbit reminds those who are physically vulnerable to seek safety in numbers, and to 'leap over obstacles in your path.' It also counsels one to remain calm in times of danger, much as the rabbit or hare 'freezes' when a predator approaches, relying first on its camouflage to hide in plain sight before fleeing only when absolutely necessary.
Many myths -- Cherokee and Sioux in particular - involve the tricky rabbit who often falls prey to his own boastfulness. For some native peoples in Eastern Canada, the Great Hare attained supreme deity status, while the ancient Aztecs worshipped a group of deities known as 'the 400 rabbits'.
For Bodiccea, queen of the ancient Britons -- who fought against Roman colonization of England -- the rabbit was a magical creature representing intuition. Pagan Britain also revered the goddess of spring, who favoured the hare as a companion. The rabbit's association with springtime rituals made it a symbol of fertility and renewal, and with the advent of Christianity the rabbit remained a familiar figure during the Holy Season. Its natural timidity and alert nature, together with its speed, were viewed as symbols of humility, vigilance and the wherewithal to flee from sin and temptation.
In the Southern United States, the rabbit took on folk hero status as Brer Rabbit, the cheeky trickster who outwitted his enemies and challenged his masters. Said to be a blend of African folklore and American culture, Brer Rabbit (as told in the Uncle Remus stories), spoke for the slaves and their troubles after they arrived from Africa during the slave trade. Often the hero, Brer Rabbit could also play the villain who was heedless of excess and its consequences. Whatever it took to extract himself from a tight situation, the resourceful Brer didn't think twice -- and often found himself in even more dire straits as a consequence.
In European literature, we see a White Rabbit portrayed in Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland. This nervous rabbit starts the story off, sporting a waistcoat and holding a time piece and muttering the unforgettable words, "Oh dear! Oh dear! I shall...