Yu.E. Berezkin, E.N. Duvakin

Thematic classification and distribution of folklore and mythological motifs by area

Analytical catalogue

Ethnicities and habitats

M3B. A severed rabbit tail. .26.35.

Trying to grab a hare, another animal tears off (bites) its tail. It's been short ever since.

Chinese (Shaanxi, Liaoning, Jiangsu), Mansi.

China - Korea. Chinese (Shaanxi) [a squirrel and a hare lived in the forest, and both have long tails; the fox began to offend them; the squirrel offered to learn how to climb trees from a monkey; the monkey taught her, and the hare was trained it seemed too difficult; when the fox chased, the squirrel jumped up the tree and pulled the hare with it; it managed to drag it upstairs, but the fox bit off its half-tail; the hare cried so in fear that his eyes turned red]: Zhou Yang et al. 1996, No. 390:437; Chinese (Liaoning) [In ancient times, the hare's tail was not short, one hare had to cross a wide river, he saw a group turtles and decided to trick them in order to use them to the other side. He went to the biggest turtle and said, "Sister, are these all your descendants?" "Yes, that's right." Then he began to argue that there were more of his descendants, and, supposedly to count all her children, invited them to stand in a row one after the other to the other side. They did so, the hare started running over their backs, and when he almost reached the other side, he could not help himself and shouted: "Old turtle, you've been deceived!" But she did not sleep and grabbed the rabbit by the tail. His tail came off, he ran away, and the hare's tail has been short ever since]: Zhou Yang et al. 1994:377-378; Chinese (Jiangsu) [the hare wanted to go to the other side of the river, but there was no bridge or crossing. He saw a couple of crabs near the shore and said to them: You have so many children and grandchildren, your luck is great! I asked them to gather all their descendants to count them by themselves. The next day, the crabs came together, stretching from one bank to the other. The hare began to cross them to the other side. At the last moment, he could not restrain himself and shouted: fools! The crab grabbed the hare's tail with its claws, since then it's short]: Zhou Yang et al. 1998a, No. 480:531; Chinese (no recording location) [the hares had long fluffy tails; to get to the grass on another On the riverbank, hares invite the turtle to count its relatives; turtles line up in a chain, hares run along it; at the shore they shout about deception; turtles manage to cut off their tails]: Riftin 1957:14-15 (=1993:39-40; =2007:43-44).

Western Siberia. Mansi [the hare hardly ran away from the dog; asks his nose, eyes, ears, paws, skin, back how they helped escape; everyone says; the tail replies that he could not help, because his hare is like a rod straightened it up; the angry hare ran, screaming, Pu-ur-pur, my tail! The dog bit it off, so the hare has a short tail]: Rombandeeva 2005, No. 34:275-277.