Monday, 8 January 2018

戌 | xū

In Mandarin Chinese, (Pinyin: ) is the eleventh of twelve earthly branches. It corresponds to the Year of the Dog () of the Chinese zodiac; the ninth month; the hour of the Dog (7 pm to 9 pm, “the time when Dogs carry out their duty of guarding the houses”); and the direction 300° (where 0° is north). Its associated “fixed element” is Earth, .

The character refers to any actual dog while refers to the “zodiac dog”. is thought to be derived from a pictogram for axe, as can be seen in many historical forms of the character.

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