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Dragoneye Reborn

by Alison Goodman

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    Dec 2008, 544 pages
    Aug 2010, 560 pages

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The Chinese Zodiac
Author Alison Goodman models her concept of the twelve energy dragons of good fortune after the twelve animals of the Chinese zodiac: rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog, and pig. Falling in an established order within the cycle, the animals, according to legend, once bickered over who would head the cycle of years. The gods held a contest to see which animal would first reach the opposite side of the river; that animal would lead the cycle. Although the ox was winning, the rat had ridden across on its back and jumped onto the bank first. The pig swam lazily, lost the race, and consequently fell to last in the twelve-year cycle.

In the Chinese zodiac these animals appear on a circular chart, representing the twelve-year cycle of the Chinese lunar calendar, as opposed to the linear concept of time found on the Western solar calendar. This lunar calendar stems from ancient astronomy as well as a 5,000-year-old Chinese astrological...

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