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|According to the Chinese astrology calendar, 2011 is a Chinese Rabbit Year.
The Chinese calendar combines lunar, solar and
Stem-Branch cycle systems. Stem cycle is the Yin Yang Five Elements. The Branch
cycle is Rat, Cow, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep, Monkey,
Chicken, Dog and Pig. Lunar and solar systems have been modified many
times. The Stem-Branch system has not been changed for more than 5000 years.
Rabbit is the 4th animal in the system. 2011 is Metal Rabbit, which is
the 28th Stem-Branch in the cycle of 60 counting system. Chinese
Horoscope uses animal names to build people birth charts for
fortune-telling. Therefore Rabbit exists in the Chinese Horoscope system
more than thousands of years.
|The Vietnamese horoscope has 12 animals as well. They are Rat, Cow,
Tiger, Cat, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep, Monkey, Chicken, Dog and Pig.
Rabbit is replaced by the Cat. Pets in
Vietnam have been popular for thousands of years. Vietnamese keep dogs to guard their houses and
cats to protect food and rice from rats. The cat is a smooth talker, talented with
a patient personality and stays in conflict with the rat. The cat hours are
between 5 a.m. and 7 a.m. – when cats begin to prowl. Cats are closer to
humans than rabbits. Therefore, Vietnamese prefer cats over rabbits as zodiac
It's true that Rats are afraid of Cats. But we cannot see this relationship from
the Chinese astrology theory. Rat is in the Water group and Rabbit is in the Wood group.
Cat is supposed to in the Wood group, too. Water is the mother element of Wood. Rat and Rabbit don't
have a direct conflict. Rat and Cat should do the same. Then mother Rat
shouldn't be afraid of child Cat.
Rat is active in the dark during the midnight.
Therefore, 13:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. is the Rat hour. If cat sleeps
during that time, cat cannot guard the food. Cat then wouldn't see the rat after 5
Tiger and Cat are felids, which is the biological family of cats.
Since they are similar, it is not suitable to have them both in the horoscope.
Originally, there were no animal names in the early Chinese Calendar. So why
do the Vietnamese have cats instead of rabbits in their horoscope? Vietnam is next to China,
and their culture has been influenced by China since thousand years ago. We can assume Vietnamese learned Chinese astrology from
Chinese characters (symbols) for the Stem-Branch cycle in the Chinese astrology
are invented from the four-season Yin Yang natural
phenomenon. Between 5 a.m. and 7 a.m., seeds sprout from
the ground. Chinese saw one tiny stem with two leaves, and so created a
sign. Today it transforms into
is pronounced Mao. The sound of Mao is same to today's Chinese calendar
of , which means
"emitting". That's true meaning of
Mao has 2 leaves, like rabbit's ears.
is the symbol for Rabbit in Chinese Horoscope. Rabbit in Chinese is
is pronounced Tu. Cat's Chinese is
is pronounced Mau. It is possible that Chinese people talked about Mao
but as the word spread from mouths to ears, it might eventually be heard as Mau to Vietnamese. Then
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