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Hi,Happy new year friends!
Today I tell you the story of "Eto" in Japan,
"Eto"-干支 is the 12 simbol animal in this year.
anyway,why every years have one simbol animal in Japan?
this reason by myth of Buddhism.

-The Story of Eto-
One day,Buddha said to animals.
"I will hold the footrace in tomorrow.Climb the mountain and run to me."
12 kinds animals listened this message,other 1 animal didn't listen this.
this animal is... Cat.
Cat asked to Rat,"When is footrance held?"
Rat answerd,"ah...it's day after tomorrow!"
Rat told a lie,cause every Rat don't like Cat.
How did the Cat become it after this? yeah,Cat was late at footrances start time.
This is a reason why Japanease eto isn't here Cat.

On the other hand, those days Cow had already started!
Because,Cow knew the shank's mare to be slow.
and,Tricky,and wise Rat knew this.but Rat was not start with Cow.why?...

In next day,footrace was started.11 animals started all together,
but Road to top of a mountain is only one and very narrow,animals couldn't outstrip big and slow Cow...Excluding the Rat!

Rat is small compared with other animals,Rat passed their feet and jumped onto cow's back in the immediately before the goal,
and jumped down in the goal faster than Cow!

Thus,Eto's order was decided.
1st-Rat
2nd-Cow
3rd-Tiger
4th-Rabit
5th-Dragon

6-Snake
7-Horse
8-Sheep
9-Monky
10-Chicken
11-Dog
12-Wild boar

-End-

2010 is Tigers year,last year 2009 was Cows year.next year 2011 is Rabits year.
Eto is alternated in this order of every year.
I was born Dragon's year,and My Eto is Dragon.(1988)
What is your Eto? let's check it !

btw,Chinese Eto has Cat I think.
almost country of Buddhism have Eto but their story and animals varies from country to country,it's a Japanease story.
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DonDozone Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2010   Interface Designer
Great story :) Looks like I'm Dog (same in chinese).
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riard Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2010
that's nice!
Dog is symbol of the Sociability and Reliability in Japan.
You are diligent and hardworking person I think :D
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DonDozone Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2010   Interface Designer
At least I try hard :)

This chinese / japanese eto however fits better to my personality than my zodiac. There, I'm a scorpion (kinda aggressive and with a spine ;) ).
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Nadzmix Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
I don't know what's my Eto, but I born in 1995.Could you check for me, thanks.Plus, It's good that everyone have their Eto cuz that'll mak them more confidence.Thanks for the info.
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riard Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2010
hiya!1995 was Bore's year,I think your eto is Bore :D
Bore is symbol of straight advancement power,and It is good Eto with strong power is filled.
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Nadzmix Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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Shad-Wolf Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
quite an interesting story, I'm not sure if I can workout which eto I have, my B'day is June 1991
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riard Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2010
1991s Eto is Sheep I think!
Sheep is symbol of Prosperity in Japan,it's nice Eto :)
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Shad-Wolf Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I see =)
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felis-maula Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2010  Student Digital Artist
my eto is boar ^-^
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riard Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2010
that's nice!Bore is symbol of Winter and Impellent in Japan.
u have very strong and straight advancement power i think :)
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felis-maula Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2010  Student Digital Artist
^,^ haha thanks...
though i don't know about the power i'm really shy in person haha :blush:
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