Great Race for the 12 Creatures of the Zodiac


How the Animals came to the Zodiac It is told that the Buddha, or in some stories, the Jade Emperor of Taoist divinity, sent forth Invitation to the Great Event.  It was the invitation to the ultimate competition for Animals that might be named to the Zodiac for All Time.  It would be the Great Race across all terrains and climax in the crossing of a Mighty River. Until then, Cat and Rat had been Friends. As Cat and Rat were the very worst swimmers, they devised a clever plan to ride the back of the strongest of the Animals [...]