Monday Minstrel: The Zodiacal Horse.

In the Chinese twelve year zodiac cycle the horse is number seven. The mythology is that all the animals had to race across a river and that was how their order in the zodiac was determined. So why was the horse, so fast and fleet of foot, only in seventh place? That happened because the snake crossed the river by wrapping himself around the hoof of the horse. The horse was frightened and got delayed.

The order for the zodiac is: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, Pig.

Han Gan AD 706-783 New York Metropolitan Museum of Art Portrait of Emperor Xuanzong’s favorite horse Night Shining White.
Cavalry horse. Qin Dynasty ( 221-206 BC) Terracotta. Museum of the Qin Shi Huang Terracotta Army

9 Comments Add yours

  1. shibumimc says:

    The King Who Made War Illegal!
    Qin Shi Huang. The Great Peace-Maker and Nation-Builder

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    (Read what the terra cotta “army” was really intended for)

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  2. Tina Schell says:

    They have a fable for everything, don’t they?! My granddaughter is headed to a big riding show in VT in July. She is SO excited. Have been sharing your blog with her.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Will your granddaughter be competing or watching? Either will be very interesting for her. Thank you for sharing my blog posts and I hope she will get something from them that she can relate to and find of interest.

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  3. Well, I guess that makes sense, because I would have thought the horse would have been first.
    Interesting post. Have an inspiring week.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you for commenting and have a good week full of fun and inspiration!

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  4. Hmmm I did not know it 🤔 thank you for sharing 😊 Have a wonderful week 🌸🌸

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you and enjoy your week as well!

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  5. map195 says:

    nice informative post

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    1. anne leueen says:

      I’m glad you found something of interest in it. Thanks for commenting!

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