Two Well-Travelled Motifs: Three Hares And Cintamani: Part One, Three Hares With Ears In Common

THE FAMOUS SYMBOL OF THREE HARES can be seen as a representation of the Holy Trinity and is found in Christian churches in many parts of Europe as well as in ancient Buddhist temples. What is surprising is the close juxtaposition of the Three Hares and the Green Man in Wissembourg in Alsace and Throwleigh in Devon as well as in other locations.  Did the motif start in the Far East, as is generally believed, or did it start in Persia or the Middle East and travel full circle before returning to Europe?

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