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Know the Interesting Facts of the Chinese Zodiac

 

There are many stories to tell how the 12 animals on the wheel came about. The story that I’ll tell is the most widespread version. The story begins with the Jade Emperor, the emperor in heaven, deciding that there should be a way to measure time. He ordered 12 animals to be designated as calendar signs through a race where the first 12 animals to arrive would be made as part of the calendar. The race would include a fast flowing river which these animals would have to cross.

The rat and cat been good friends were worried about this part of the race since they were poor swimmers. They asked the ox if he would carry them across the river. Being kind, the ox carried them across the rivercollage_of_Chinese_Zodiac but only if they let him get first place. At this point of time, the rat pushes the cat off the ox in the middle of the river, leaving the cat to struggle in the water. When the ox was just about to reach the opposite river bank, the rat quickly jumped off of the ox’s head and won first place. The ox, having been tricked by the rat received second place. The tiger, having swam the river and clawing his way to river
bank, got third place as the emperor was happy by is efforts.  The next one to arrive is the rabbit, he had hopped across on stepping stones and onto a log which carried him to shore. A dragon then swoops down from the sky and is rewarded as the fifth animal. The emperor asks him though on why he didn’t come here first since he could fly. The dragon replied that he needed to make rain for some people and animals that needed water and also helped the rabbit to get across the river by blowing a puff of wind onto the log which helped him to get onto the river bank. Coming in 6th was the snake as it had scared the horse to lag behind to be in 7th place.  After a while, a raft arrived with goat, monkey, and rooster in it. They all climbed onto shore and pronounced them eighth, ninth, and tenth animal on the zodiac, Dog then swims up to become the 11th animal and the pig was last as it had overslept but then became the 12th animal.

From this story, it explains the nature between rats and cats as that is why cats have a conflict with rats. But why is there no cat in the Zodiac? Well, in ancient times, it seems that there were no cats in China a long time ago when they created the Zodiac. An interesting interpretation pointed out by a scholar in the Song Dynasty, Hong Xun, related the Zodiac to a Yin- Yang theory. Yin-Yang, a negative-positive relation that is interdependent, meaning that they both can’t survive without the other and also can’t be separate.  Why is this related to the Chinese Zodiac? Well, there are 12 animals: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and Pig. Hong Xun says that six of these animals have an odd number of toes. The rest of an odd number of toes. This relates to Yin-Yang as Hong Xun says that Yin is on the negative side, the even numbers would be considered Yin while the Yang would have the odd numbers to go to the positive side. This shows that the Chinese Zodiac is balanced and emphasizes on balance as said by the Yin-Yang Theory. Stephanie Yang, a parent, said that “I believe that Hong Xun meant that everything has to have balance… it echoes with western physics such as equilibrium.”

Another question that is commonly asked is why the rat first place? Well, it has been said in Chinese Mythology that the origin of the world came to be due to the rat. In the beginning, the universe was in a egg and it was the rat who bit a crack and let air into the egg. This shows that he was the hero from the beginning of the world. A saying that also supports this is that the rat’s forepaws have four toes while his hind paws have five toes. Does this spark something? Remember the Yin Yang Theory where an even number represented Yin while an odd number represented Yang? Yin Yang basically makes the rat special as it’s paws seem to be very balanced with an even number and odd number of toes for his front and back paws. This would then make the tiny rat to be a special creature compared to the other animals.

All in all though, this doesn’t mean that the online website full of Chinese Zodiac predictions is real as I believe you can’t just outright predict the future and say that good fortune will come about. It’s believed that the animal year you were born on would give you enemies in some certain animal years while lovers in another bunch of animal years. But in truth, there are a lot of facts about the Chinese Zodiac that are extremely interesting.

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