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The Man in the Moon


When we see the shadows on the moon, we are probably looking at craters, or so we’ve been told.

Sometimes when we look, we see eyes and a mouth that looks like a big O! Last night I couldn’t see the big O but I thought I saw eyes and a nose. Maybe he was wearing a Covid mask. Moments later the man in the moon was gone. But who was that masked man?

Well, we know he arrived in the spaceship Apollo 11.

I tried to make the face a likeness of Neil Armstrong, but I’m not much of an artist.

But sometimes, when I look at the moon, I see “el conejo en la luna,” the rabbit in the moon. Aztec legends tell several versions of the story of their god, Quetzalcoatl, who was responsible for the rabbit ending up in the moon.

In one version Quetzalcoatl is still a man on Earth. He is tired and hungry from wandering and a rabbit offers himself up as food for him. Quetzalcoatl lifts him up to the moon and then brings him down again, thanking the rabbit for his noble offer and saying that for this generosity his shadow will be displayed on the moon forever to remind people of the rabbit’s goodness.

(We don’t know if he ate the rabbit.)


My apologies to all the bunnies out there for the lumpy, bumpy image I’ve posted. I’m sure the earthly rabbits look much better than el conejo en la luna.



Author: wordsfromanneli

Writing, travel, photography, nature, more writing....

28 thoughts on “The Man in the Moon

  1. The Japanese see a rabbit, too. There’s a fun tale about it here. Amazing, that such different cultures see the same creature.


  2. I love your photos and your moon drawings – beautiful. Thanks for sharing the story of Quetzalcoatl.

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  3. Wow! What an amazing image.of the Full Moon.

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  4. They are so cute! Down here we have Kokopelli, here is a link to tell you all about this party guy. I have a Kokopelli figure on the front of my house.



  5. This is beautiful, Anneli! Your drawings are charming!

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  6. Both drawings are lovely and both fit into the fullmoon. Very good pictures!

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  7. Der Hase ist doch perfekt gelungen. Mir gefรคllt er sehr gut!

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  8. Iโ€™ll have to look more closely at the moon. I like that rabbit legend ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  9. I’ve never seen the Hare in the Moon. That was interesting, Anneli.


  10. I didn’t know the story of Quetzalcoatl and the rabbit, or that there was a rabbit on the moon. Your artistry elicited a smile, Anneli. A fun post. ๐Ÿ˜€

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  11. Thank you Anneli. I learned much from your discussion. No worries with your artwork as it is far superior to my own.

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