[ 2007-02-16 03:24 ]
It is said Buddha (the ultimate Emperor for the whole universe in Chinese
legend) once called together all the animals on the earth for an important
meeting. Only twelve animals turned up: the rat, the ox, the tiger, the rabbit,
the dragon, the snake, the horse, the sheep, the monkey, the rooster, the dog
and the pig. The rat, being the smartest, jumped on top of the ox to be the
first one to arrive.
As a reward, the Buddha gave each animal a year in the cycle and declared
that anyone born in that year would resemble the animal in some way. In
addition, each two hours of the day is also governed by one animal. The hours of
11pm to 1:00 am is by Rat, from 1 am to 3 am by Ox and so on. Six elements of
the planet: wood, fire, air, water, gold and earth are also integrated into the
animal Zodiac signs.