Tiger | tiger in the year of the tiger in the Chinese zodiac why the third?

2022-04-27 0 By

With the arrival of the Year of the Tiger, the Chinese zodiac tiger has become a hot topic again.The Zodiac is a cultural symbol deeply rooted in the memory of the Chinese people.However, there has never been a convincing argument about the order of the twelve zodiac.As a Chinese saying goes, “a child is the first in one day, and the rat is the first in the twelve zodiac signs.” The mouse, a small animal, unexpectedly comes out first in the twelve zodiac signs, while the dragon and tiger can only be relegated to the second place.Since ancient times, many people puzzled, thus feel aggrieved.Wang Youguang, the author of wu Xia Yan Lian, a book of the Qing Dynasty, commented: “Fu has the spirit of the dragon and the power of the tiger…But the moldering middle, how perverse!”That speaks for many.Li Changqing tried to solve this mystery according to the legend of “the creation of heaven and earth”.He said in a Tautology of Songxia Pavilion: “Why is a child a rat?Confucius said, ‘Heaven opens on you, and it will not open unless it takes up its energy.Rats, worms also, so the night is not young, is the rat to make the waiting, so the child is rats….And, Yin, fear also, fear is like a tiger, so Yin belongs to the tiger.'” That seems plausible.However, the appearance of the saying “heaven opens from son, earth opens from ugliness, and life comes from Yin” was obviously later than the origin of the Chinese zodiac, and the “rat bites the sky to open” is just a myth, who would believe it?According to Hong Xun of the Song Dynasty, the 12 zodiac signs are based on the principle of the odd and even of the Yin and Yang of the 12 earthly branches, and then they are sorted according to the number of toes of the 12 animals.Of the twelve earthly branches, Zi, Yin, Chen, Wu, Shen, Xu belong to Yang, Chou, MAO, Si, Wei, you, hai belong to Yin.The zodiac corresponding to the Yang branch should have odd toes;In the Chinese zodiac corresponding to the Yin branch, toes should be even.According to Hong, the tiger, dragon, horse, monkey and dog have odd toes, so they match Yin, Chen, Wu, Shen and Xu.Cows, rabbits, sheep, chickens and pigs have even toes, so they match Chou, MAO, Wei, you and hai.Rats and snakes are a special case.The snake has no feet, but its forked tongue is even, so it matches the snake.The front foot represents “yesterday’s Yin”, and the back foot represents “today’s Yang”. It matches with zi Shi, so it matches with zi shi.But Hong is not convincing either.The so-called five-claw dragon is a saying that came into being after the Chinese zodiac came into being. In the early days, the dragon had three claws and four claws, and there was also a saying that “the first three and the second four”. Why couldn’t the dragon rank first?Tiger can’t come second?In addition, the ancients have a variety of arguments, are not consistent.So it’s still a mystery why the tiger ranks third among the 12 animals…Article: Guangzhou Daily · New Flower City reporter Zhong Kui Guangzhou Daily · New flower city editor Dai Yujing statement: the copyright of this article belongs to the original author, if there is a source error or infringement of your legitimate rights and interests, you can contact us through email, we will promptly deal with.Email address: jpbl@jp.jiupainews.com