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Children’s Worship of Lord Rabbit 中秋儿童拜兔儿爷

Release Date:2017-06-13


In the past,the dolls of Lord Rabbit were customarily given to children on the Mid -Autumn Festival.When people worshipped the moon,they would make an offering to the memorial tablet of the Stellar Sovereign of Supreme Yin(customarily called the Moonlight Buddha).The offering was actually a sheet of paper.At the top of the paper was a picture of the Stellar Sovereign of Supreme Yinresembling a Buddha and on the lower part of the paper was a picture of a jade rabbit pestling herbs in the Moon Palace.After burning incense and chanting salutations,people would burn the paper.In most cases,children were taken care of by their mother and loved to imitate their mothers behavior,hence Lord Rabbit was created for childrens use in worshipping the moon.Originating from the late Ming Dynasty(1368-1644),Lord Rabbit enjoyed much popularity in the Qing Dynasty(1644-1911).Lord Rabbit had rosy cheeks and wore armor and a golden helmet.It held a mortar in its left hand,a pestle in its right hand and had a small flag on its back.With a funny yet dignified look,Lord Rabbit might ride a lion,a tiger,a spotted dear,a camel or sit on a lotus throne,and such images appealed particularly to children.After the sacrifice,it became childrens toy.

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