Saturday, February 5, 2011

The cat and the Chinese zodiac

There is a legend that explains how each animal in the Chinese zodiac was given their place in the 12-year cycle.
The Buddha invited all the animals together for a banquet, and each animal was assigned a year in the order of its arrival. When the cat heard the news, she notified his friend, the rat, and the two made plans to go together. But the cat overslept in the next morning, and as the rat did not bother to wake her up, she did not make it to Buddha’s meeting, so she wasn't given a year in the Chinese zodiac. This legend not only clarifies the cat’s absence from the zodiac, but also explains why cats hate rats - the rat betrayed the cat!

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