Episode 73: Down The Rabbit Hole

The metaphor of going down the rabbit hole is defined in the dictionary of idioms as: to enter into a situation or begin a process or journey that is particularly strange, problematic, difficult, complex, or chaotic, especially one that becomes increasingly so as it develops or unfolds. We’ll be taking such a journey as we explore the legendary history or rabbits in folklore. From jackalopes to tricksters; familiars, to the accidental agents to a military coupe, the rabbit has an important place in many facts and fictions. In this episode we’ll take a look at those very important bunnies, as well as the question of where the Easter Bunny originated. Join us, before you’re late for this very important date.


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The modern myth of the Easter bunny – Guardian 

The Cute and the Cool: Wondrous Innocence and Modern American Children’s Culture By Gary Cross

What created the ‘Easter bunny’ – Boston Globe

Why Eggs And Bunnies Arent Pagan Symbols

Easter Hare – The Folklore Society Great Britain

The Symbolism of Rabbits and Hares by Terri Windling

The White Hare

Native American Rabbit Mythology

Buddha in Sri Lanka: Remembered Yesterdays By Swarna Wickremeratne

The Illustrated Jataka & Other Stories of the Buddha by C.B. Varma

Fantastically Wrong: The Disturbing Reality That Spawned the Mythical Jackalope

The Jackalope – Museum of Hoaxes


Why Is a Lucky Rabbit’s Foot Lucky? Body Parts as Fetishes Bill Ellis Journal of Folklore Research

What Makes a Rabbit’s Foot Lucky? – Scientific American

Handbook to Life in the Aztec World By Manuel Aguilar-Moreno

Bouki and Lapin

Why the Hare’s Nose is Slit South African folktale

Wealth of Stories – Nanabozho

The Story of Mary Magdalene and the First Easter Egg


The Witch Report 1600—Yorkshire headed the list

Isobel Gowdie by Fiona Tinker – Witchvox Article

The Visions of Isobel Gowdie by Emma Wilby

Folk Witch – The Journal of Folk Magic

Bibliographical Notes on the Witchcraft Literature of Scotland by John Ferguson

Narratives of Sorcery and Magic by Thomas Wright – 1852

New light shed on life of alleged Auldearn witch | Inverness Courier | Home

Spell binding: ‘Witch’s’ power to wow 351 years after death – BBC News

Ancient criminal trials in Scotland / Compiled from the original records and mss.; with historical illus. by Robert Pitcairn Pt.2

Dæmonologia: A Discourse on Witchcraft as it was Acted in the Family of Mr. Edward Fairfax

The Ballads of Scotland : William Edmondstoune Aytoun

The witch-cult in western Europe : a study in anthropology : Murray, Margaret Alice

Narratives of Sorcery and Magic from the Most Authentic Sources by Thomas Wright, M.A., F.S.A. – 1852

BBC Radio 3 – Discovering Music, The Confession of Isobel Gowdie

The Time Napoleon Was Attacked by Rabbits

Bibliographical Notes on the Witchcraft Literature of Scotland by John Ferguson

The Confession of Isobel Gowdie – The Mask of Reason

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2 thoughts on “Episode 73: Down The Rabbit Hole

  1. I just wanted to say thank you for all the work you guys put into this podcast. Went to the merch story and got a zip hoodie cause I love both just a story and the Dime museum. I jump for joy every time apple says you release I new episode. Id probably listen to you guys read a phone book because you’d make it sound amazing adding the humor that you apply on your podcasts.


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