From being a lovely bringer of Easter eggs, or nice creature to follow into Wonderland, to a pretty creepy big ears thing, or even a suicide, sometimes it really doesn’t take so long. Someone even put it in analysis as an unsuspecting victim of its own symbol.
Originating among German Lutherans, the “Easter Hare” originally played the role of a judge, evaluating whether children were good or disobedient in behavior at the start of the season of Eastertide. In legend, the creature carries colored eggs in his basket, candy, and sometimes also toys to the homes of children, and as such shows similarities to Santa Claus or the Christkind, as they both bring gifts to children on the night before their respective holidays. Then something suddenly changed. However, despite the identity crises, it doesn’t seem to have completely lost its tender side and good relationship with human childhood.
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