St. Melangell (also called St. Moncella) is the patron saint of rabbits, hares, and small animals. She was known for hiding a hare in her robe to save it from the hounds of Prince Brochivel of Powys. (The rabbit was the symbol of Eostra, the goddess of spring and fertility, and she is celebrated during the spring equinox).
"People taking part in the Carantonas festival in Acehuche near Caceres in the southwestern Estremadura province. Mixing paganism and Christianity the monster-animal like 'Carantonas', a patchwork of sheep, cow, rabbit and goatskins under painted masks, search for Saint Sebastian in the streets of the village eventually congregating at the village church, for a procession with the statue of the patron saint."
Detail of a marginal painting of a man playing a rabbit-trumpet (despite distractions), from La Queste del Saint Graal, France, c. 1315 - c. 1325, Royal MS 14 E III, f. 89r - See more at: http://britishlibrary.typepad.co.uk/digitisedmanuscripts/2015/07/happy-uncommon-musical-instrument-appreciation-day.html#sthash.FnKoayeE.dpuf
A Carantona poses during the Carantonas festival in Acehuche near Caceres, Spain, on January 21. The "Carantonas", monster-animal characters mixing paganism with Christianity, search for Saint Sebastian in the streets of the village of Acehuche, southwestern Estremadure province, dressed in patchwork sheep, cow, rabbit and goatskins under painted masks. Arriving eventually at the village church, a procession takes place with the statue of the patron saint.
We had the iron racks made by a local blackmith and topped them with old wood. The chestnut-plank ceiling is original to the house, and the painting of Saint Francis and the Wolf, recalls that the house was built by his followers in the 1200′s. Frances