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    the moon is made of cheese?

    i'm teaching English in jr.-high. waching "wollace & gromit" from oxford, my TA said, in catoons and comics, it is generally thought the moon is made of cheese. i wonder if this is the case in north amrerica as well.

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    Re: the moon is made of cheese?

    I wouldn't call it a belief. Children believe it as long as they believe in Santa Claus and the Tooth Fairy. It's just a popular and infantile image, because the Moon is round, looks yellow, and sometimes appears to have a slice cut out of it. I imagine this applies also in America.

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    PS This idea is exploited in W&G because they both like cheese (the real stuff).
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    Re: the moon is made of cheese?

    I'm not a teacher.

    In Japan, we have an infantile but nice image about the moon. It's a place where a rabbit from an old tale lives and makes rice cake. When Japanese people look up at the moon, we see a dark figure of the rabbit up there.

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    Re: the moon is made of cheese?

    Quote Originally Posted by optimistic pessimist View Post
    I'm not a teacher.

    In Japan, we have an infantile but nice image about the moon. It's a place where a rabbit from an old tale lives and makes rice cake. When Japanese people look up at the moon, we see a dark figure of the rabbit up there.

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    For us, the pattern of shadows is a face - the face of 'The Man in the Moon'. See, for example, http://fineartamerica.com/images-med...eldon-peri.jpg

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    Re: the moon is made of cheese?

    Hi BobK,

    Thanks for the info. This is what we see in the moon.

    http://maglog.jp/momo-img/7000037454000if.jpg

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    Re: the moon is made of cheese?

    Quote Originally Posted by optimistic pessimist View Post
    Hi BobK,

    Thanks for the info. This is what we sse in the moon.

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    That's a funny coincidence.
    In Korea, there is the same idea as in Japan.
    I don't know where this myth came from, and why the moon and the rabbit are related to each other...

    The following is a general image for what we see in the moon.

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    Re: the moon is made of cheese?

    PS OP - thanks for the image.
    PPS I meant to say that the Man in the Moon myth isn't supposed to have any connection with the moon-made-of-cheese idea. They're totally independent - so if anyone's looking for a conection, don't bother! (I think in some fairy tales The Man in the Moon eats cheese, but it's not an essential part of the myth.)

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    Re: the moon is made of cheese?

    Hi whsans,
    I don't think this is just a coincidence. Historically, Korea was like Japan's big brother. For many centuries, technology and culture were brought into Japan from the continent via the Korean Peninsula. I guess "the rabbit on the moon" is also one of such stuff.

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    Re: the moon is made of cheese?

    I don't think it's as cultural as that. I used to wonder why people said there was a man in the moon when it was obviously a rabbit.
    Here are lots of lunar rabbits.
    moon rabbit - Google Search

    Hamlet: Do you see yonder moon shadow that's almost in the shape of a man?
    Polonius: By th' Mass, and 'tis like a man, indeed.
    Hamlet: Methinks it is like a rabbit.
    Polonius: It is backed like a rabbit.
    Hamlet: Or like a lump of cheese.
    Polonius: Very like a lump of cheese.


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    Re: the moon is made of cheese?

    Hi Raymott,
    The quotation from Hamlet really surprised me!
    I wonder how and when and where the idea of rabbits living on the moon started. Is this really a coincidence? Or did they really exist? I'll do some research about it.

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