The hare in African folk tales is a trickster; some of the stories about the hare were retold among African slaves in America, and are the basis of the Brer Rabbit stories. The hare appears in English folklore in the saying "as mad as a March hare". In Irish folklore the hare is often seen as an evil creature, principally associated with witches.
Many cultures, including the Indian and Japanese, see a hare in the pattern of dark patches in the moon (see Man in the Moon); this tradition forms the basis of the Angelo Branduardi song "The Hare in the Moon" The constellation Lepus represents a hare.
One of Aesop's fables tells the story of The Tortoise and the Hare.