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NEGRO FOLK RHYMES
to inform men that, as she died away and rose again, so should all men die and again come to life," etc. I drop the story here because so much of it suffices my purpose. It brings out the fact that the Afri­can here had probably truly considered the Rab­bit as a messenger of the moon. Now the fact that the Hottentots were thus talking in lore of receiv­ing messages concerning immortality from the moon means there must have been at least a time in their history when they considered the Moon a kind of super-being, a kind of god.
I quote again from Dr. Sheppard's "Presby­terian Pioneers in Congo," page 113. "King Lu-kenga offers up a sacrifice of a goat or lamb on every new moon. The blood is sprinkled on a large idol in his own fetich house, in the presence of all his counselors. This sacrifice is for the healthfulness of all the King's country, for the crops," etc.
I think after considering the foregoing one will see that there are those of Africa who connect their wor­ship with the moon. We learn also that there are those who claim the rabbit to be the moon's mes­senger. From this, if we should accept the theory for Animal Rhymes advanced, we would easily see why the rabbit as a messenger of a god or gods would figure so largely in Rhyme and in story. We
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