Goat (zodiac)


The Goat (Chinese: ; pinyin: yáng) is the eighth of the 12-year cycle of animals which appear in the Chinese zodiac related to the Chinese calendar. The sign is[1] referred to as the Ram or Sheep sign,[2] since the Chinese word yáng is more accurately translated as Caprine, a taxonomic subfamily that includes both goats and sheep.[3]

The Year of the Goat is associated with the 8th Earthly Branch symbol, (wèi).[4]

Goat or Sheep

The Chinese word yáng refers to both goats and sheep,[5] whereas the terms shānyáng (山⁠羊) and miányáng (绵⁠羊; 綿⁠羊) refer exclusively to goats and sheep, respectively.[6][7] In English, the sign (originally based on a horned animal) may be called either. The interpretation of goat or sheep depends on culture.[1] In Vietnamese, the sign is mùi, which is unambiguously goat.[8] In Japan, on the other hand, the sign is hitsuji, sheep;[8] while in Korea[9] and Mongolia, the sign is ram or sheep. Within China, there may be a regional distinction with the zodiacal yáng more likely to be thought of as a goat in the south, while tending to be thought of as a sheep in the north.[10]

Other Languages
Alemannisch: Jahr des Schafs
العربية: برج العنزة
한국어: 미 (지지)
Bahasa Indonesia: Kambing (shio)
Basa Jawa: Wedhus (shio)
қазақша: Қой жылы
Bahasa Melayu: Kambing (zodiak)
Nederlands: Geit (astrologie)
português: Cabra (zodíaco)
svenska: Får (zodiak)
ไทย: มะแม
українська: Коза (зодіак)
Tiếng Việt: Mùi (Địa chi)
粵語: 未 (地支)