Goat (zodiac)


The Goat (Chinese: ; pinyin: yáng, sometimes also translated Sheep or Ram) is the eighth of the 12-year cycle of animals which appear in the Chinese zodiac related to the Chinese calendar. This zodiacal sign is often [1] referred to as the "Ram" or "Sheep" sign,[2] since the Chinese word yáng is more accurately translated as Caprinae, a taxonomic subfamily that includes both goats and sheep,[3] but contrasts with other animal subfamily types such as Bovinae, Antilopinae, and other taxonomic considerations which may be encountered in the case of the larger family of Bovidae in Chinese mythology, which also includes the Ox (zodiac). 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
Afrikaans: Bok (astrologie)
Alemannisch: Jahr des Schafs
العربية: برج العنزة
Bân-lâm-gú: Bī (tē-chi)
башҡортса: Ҡуй йылы
客家語/Hak-kâ-ngî: Vi (thi-chṳ̂)
한국어: 미 (지지)
Bahasa Indonesia: Kambing (shio)
қазақша: Қой жылы
Bahasa Melayu: Kambing (zodiak)
Mìng-dĕ̤ng-ngṳ̄: Ê (dê-ciĕ)
Nederlands: Geit (astrologie)
português: Cabra (zodíaco)
svenska: Får (zodiak)
ไทย: มะแม
українська: Коза (зодіак)
Vahcuengh: Meih (deihcei)
Tiếng Việt: Mùi (Địa chi)
粵語: 未 (地支)