Goat (zodiac)

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

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

Goat or Sheep

The Chinese word yáng refers both to goats and sheep, [5] with shānyáng specifically goats and miányáng sheep. [6] [7] In English, the sign (originally based on a horned animal) may be called either. The interpretation of sheep or goat 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 also sheep or ram. 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]