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Myths about Golden Pig Year
Koreans Hail "Golden Pig" Year of 2007
Pigs Favored by Koreans as One of 12 Animal Gods
Pigs are an animal which brings a good luck and wealth in South Korea. A pig is also one of the 12 Animal Gods on the Chinese Zodiac.

A dream of pig means wealth or luck in the life of local Koreans. As many other Asian people Koreans hail the year of pig as a prosperous year among other 12 animal gods on the Chinese Zodiac. Korean people are excited about the coming of the year of pig as the year 2007 is not ordinary one but a very special year of pig, "the Year of the Golden Pig," which comes every 600 years.

A person born this year is likely to be a good parent. He may be easy to anger, but he is intelligent, honest, courageous, completes projects, gallant, and sincere. People born in these years are honest and straightforward. They can be relied on to see things through. They tend to be popular and make lasting friendship and are good neighbors.

The year 2007 is the "Year of the Pig," according to the Chinese zodiac. But it's not an ordinary pig year, which comes every 12 years it is believed to be the "Year of the Golden Pig," which comes every 600 years, according to fortunetellers.

They say babies born in the golden pig year will have comfortable and wealthy lives.

In line with the myth, signs point to a baby boom this year. Obstetrics and gynecology clinics are counseling more about pregnancy and related industries are eagerly promoting baby products.

Those believing the golden pig year say the special year comes every 600 years when calculating its frequency using a combination of the Chinese zodiac and yin and yang theory.

But most fortunetellers or folklorists say they cannot find any grounding for the year of the golden pig.

Folklore Prof. Joo Young-Ha at the Academy of Korean Studies also said, "If the year 2007 is the golden pig year occurring once in 600 years, similar records should have been written in the 'Taejong Sillok,'" annals for King Taejong who ruled the Choson Kingdom 600 years ago. But there aren't any, so I guess the term `golden pig year has been recently made.

Some believe the myth is ploy to boost the ever-decreasing birthrate.

True or not, industries related to childbirth are quick to launch golden pig year promotions. A baby product firm has recently introduced goods on which a pig illustration is printed, while toy companies are making toy pigs.

Other businesses, including banks, insurance firms, theaters, gas stations and restaurants, are trying to attract people by presenting golden piggy banks, or gold bars as lottery gifts.

Many women plan to give birth to babies this year, but some others are not, saying the number of children born in 2007 will be large and they will later suffer from acute competition for school admissions or employment.

Korean Zodiac of 12 Animal Characters

The Year of the Rat

The Year of the Rat:1912, 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996. People born in the Year of the Rat are cheerful, thrifty, and resourceful. Bright and sociable, they are often very successful in business or politics. Although they guard their own secrets, they love to gossip about others. They can be generous at times, but their generosity extends only to those closest to them. Their compatible signs are Dragon, Monkey, and Ox.

The Year of the Ox

The Year of the Ox:1913, 1925, 1037, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997. People born in the Year of the Ox are hardworking, dependable, and down-to-earth. They are also quiet, methodical, and patient but are known for their fierce temper and stubbornness as well. Their most compatible signs are Snake, Rat, and Rooster.

The Year of the Tiger

The Year of the Tiger:1914, 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998. People born in the Year of the Tiger are courageous, sincere, and affectionate. They also have a tendency to be suspicious, quick-tempered, and unpredictable. They inspire great respect in people but often come into conflict with elders or those in authority. Their practicality makes them good businesspeople. Horse is their most compatible sign. Other compatible signs are Dragon, Pig, and Dog.

The Year of the Rabbit

The Year of the Rabbit:1915, 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999. People born in the Year of the Rabbit are virtuous, considerate, lucky, and easily moved by the problems and misfortunes of others. They are also known for their excellent taste. Being naturally cautious, they make good businesspeople. Their compatible signs are Snake, Monkey, and Horse.

The Year of the Dragon

The Year of the Dragon:1916, 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000. People born in the Year of the Dragon are energetic, humorous, capable, and idealistic.
Their decisiveness can at times make them seem overconfident, but they do inspire confidence and trust. They are also quite excitable, short-tempered, and stubborn. Their compatible signs are Monkey, Rat, and Rooster.

The Year of the Snake

The Year of the Snake:1917, 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001. People born in the Year of the Snake possess great wisdom as well as charming personality. However, they also tend to be vain, selfish, and even a bit stingy. Lucky in financial matters, they seldom have to worry about money. At times, they are moved to help those who are less fortunate. Their compatible signs are Ox, Rooster, and Dragon.

The Year of the Horse

The Year of the Horse:1918, 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978: 1990, 2002. People born in the Year of Horse are cheerful, active, and popular. They generally don't worry, and they adapt easily to different situations. They also tend to be fickle and overly talkative. Their ability to quickly analyze situations and handle business matters makes them good bankers and businesspeople. Their compatible signs are Tiger and Dog.

The Year of the Sheep

The Year of the Sheep:1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003. People born in the Year of the Sheep are gentle, compassionate, and often shy. They are also pessimistic and easily confused. Although they are born worriers, they are also quick to forget about their troubles. Their luck frequently brings them fortune as people leave them money in their wills. Their compatible signs are Horse, Pig, and Rabbit.

The Year of the Monkey

The Year of the Monkey:1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004. People born in the Year of the Monkey are quick-witted, versatile, and unique. They are good at making decisions but tend to look down on other people. Their ambitious drive often brings them wealth and fame. They are born innovators and also make good linguists. Their compatible signs are Dragon and Rat.

The Year of the Rooster

The Year of the Rooster:1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993. 2005. People born in the Year of the Rooster are often misunderstood. They are seemingly aggressive, self-assured, and even reckless, but are true conservatives at heart. They generally tend to promise more than they can give. They love to travel and to try different life-styles. They tend to have a moody disposition, and their fortunes, like their moods, swing high and low. Their compatible signs are Snake, Dragon, and Ox.

The Year of the Dog

The Year of the Dog:1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006. People who are born in the Year of the Dog are said to be intelligent and organized. They have a great sense of humor and are known for their loyalty and feeling of responsibility. They are also secretive and somewhat selfish and stubborn. Their honesty and fairness make them good judges. Their compatible signs are Horse, Tiger, Rabbit, and Pig.

The Year of the Pig

The Year of the Pig:1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995., 2007. People born in the Year of the Pig are courageous, loyal, and thoughtful. They also have a great thirst for knowledge. Quick-tempered and introverted, they have a hard time making friends, but their friendships are lasting. Sometimes they tend to be too honest for their own good. Not good at business, they are more suited to literature and the arts. Their compatible signs are Rabbit, Sheep, Dog, and Dragon.






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