Years ago, people’s living conditions were tougher than they are today. People worked endless hours in the fields, trying to get their food from the cultivation of the earth. Once upon a time, the Emperor of Heaven saw their suffering, he was sorry, and called an ox, which was a star in the sky, to descend to Earth and to tell them that if they continued to work hard, they would have the opportunity to eat a good amount of food, every third day.
So, by obedience to the Emperor, the ox rushed down on Earth to convey to the people his message. However, the Ox got great pride that the Emperor chose it as a Messenger. The result? The ox forgot the message and misled it. In particular, he told people that if they continued their hard work in the fields, they could eat three meals a day. Then the Emperor, who did not want people to believe that he tricked them, he decided to leave the ox near the people, to help them in their hard work. Immediately, the ox was tied to the yoke and began to help by tillage and cultivate the fields.
This myth comes from China. The ox has an important place in Chinese mythology and not only. In several periods of time, the ox was protected by law. Indeed, even today, many Chinese refuse to eat beef, not wanting to be anxious to an animal that has put its power to help people. It is said that Lao-Che, the great Chinese wise and founder of the Taoist religion, began his wanderings in the world on an ox.
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