Astrology | The Year of the Dog
Anyone born in the years 1912, 1924, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994 or 2006 are likely to be born in the year of the Dog.
The dog is not as well regarded in Chinese culture as it is in the West: in the 1950s attempts were made to wipe out much of the dog population in the large cities as part of the mass public health campaigns.
Dogs were rarely kept as pets and are sold in some places as a source of meat, particularly in the winter mouths in the South as their flesh is supposed to be 'warming'. The term 'running dog of capitalism' was in the days of the Cold War a favourite political term of abuse for those who were seen as the tools of the West.
Nevertheless, the friendship between dogs and human beings is acknowledged, and the characteristics of someone born in the Year of the Dog are, as you might expect, said to be loyalty, liveliness, intelligence, friendliness and love of children. Winston Churchill is one of the most famous Westerners born under the sign!
© Copyright Society for Anglo-Chinese Understanding (SACU) 2001 by David Wright reprinted from SACU's magazine China Now 147, Page 22
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