How the Rabbit Caught the Sun (Dakota Literature)

Once upon a time the Rabbit dwelt in a lodge with no one but his grandmother to keep him company. Every morning he went hunting very early, but no matter how early he was he always noticed that some one with a very long foot had been before him and had left a trail. The Rabbit resolved to discover the identity of the hunter who forestalled him, so one fine morning he rose even earlier than usual, in the hope of encountering the stranger. But all to no purpose, for the mysterious one had gone, leaving behind him, as was his wont, the trail of the long foot.

This irritated the Rabbit profoundly, and he returned to the lodge to consult with his grandmother. "Grandmother," he grumbled, "although I rise early every morning and set my traps in the hope of snaring game, some one is always before me and frightens the game away. I shall make a snare and catch him." "Why should you do so ?" replied his grandmother. "In what way has he harmed you ?" "It is sufficient that I hate him," replied the querulous Rabbit, and departed. He secreted himself among the bushes and waited for nightfall. He had provided himself with a stout bowstring, which he arranged as a trap in the place where the footprints were usually to be found. Then he went home, but returned very early to examine his snare. When he arrived at the spot he discovered that he had caught the intruder, who was, indeed, no less a personage than the Sun. He ran home at the top of his speed to acquaint his grandmother with the news. He did not know what he had caught, so his grandmother bade him seek the forest once more and find out. On returning he saw that the Sun was in a violent passion. "How dare you snare me!" he cried angrily. "Come hither and untie me at once !"

The Rabbit advanced cautiously, and circled round him in abject terror. At last he ducked his head and, running in, cut the bowstring which secured the Sun with his knife. The Sun immediately soared upward, and was quickly lost to sight. And the reason why the hair between the Rabbit's shoulders is yellow is that he was scorched there by the great heat which came from the Sun-god when he loosed him.

This story is similar to the Aztec legend. Israel is on the 35 longitude, Dakota is on the -100 longitude same as Mexico. Thus sunset in Israel would equal sunrise on the -140 longitude (Alaska) or the third hour of daylight in Dakota = 9AM. Therefore the sun would "stand still" rising very slowly until this 9AM position. Thus this could be Joshua's Long Day about 1238 BC or more likely Zechariah's long evening about 480 BC - Zechariah 14:7.


Native pictograph of the sun rising over the mountains. Location -120° longitude. Thus, this would be the position of the setting sun on Joshua or perhaps Zechariah. Perhaps this pictograph was based on ancient legend. You can see spikes on the circle around the sun. A circle around the sun is a very common depiction on other continents. It may depict earth's path through the zodiac.

Circle and dot is unicode for the sun, a universal symbol. This was the ancient character for sun in Chinese and the ancient hieroglyph for Ra, for sun in Egypt.

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