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Chinese Zodiac ATC #2 - The Ox

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Chinese Zodiac ATC #2 - The Ox
Swap Coordinator:Katiebrandx303 (contact)
Swap categories: Artist Trading Card (ATC) 
Number of people in swap:12
Location:International
Type:Type 3: Package or craft
Last day to signup/drop:September 25, 2022
Date items must be sent by:October 8, 2022
Number of swap partners:1
Description:

This swap will be the second in a series of Chinese Zodiac themed ATC swaps! Each swap in the series will be themed for each of the animals of the Chinese Zodiac (in order!)

The order of the animals of the Chinese Zodiac is as follows:

  • Rat,
  • Ox,
  • Tiger,
  • Rabbit,
  • Dragon,
  • Snake,
  • Horse,
  • Goat,
  • Monkey,
  • Rooster,
  • Dog,
  • Pig.

The second animal of the Zodiac and the subject of this ATC swap is The Ox!

You will send your partner one (1) hand-drawn, painted or collaged ATC in the theme of The Ox. (Please don’t sticker slap because it shows low effort.)

Finally, you must have a rating of at least 4.98 and no unresolved 1s at all. Any 3s you have must have good reasons behind them, and must not be any more recent than 6 months ago.

I will angel this series of swaps if anyone gets flaked on. If you're the one flaking on my swaps, I will ban you from all future swaps.

Please read the story of the Zodiac below!

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The story goes that a race was organised by the Jade Emperor - one of the most important gods in traditional Chinese religion - who invited all the animals in the world to take part.

Twelve species turned up at the start line: a pig, dog, rooster, monkey, sheep, horse, snake, dragon, rabbit, tiger, ox and rat.

As a reward for turning up, the Emperor named a year in the zodiac after each one, while the race would determine the order each animal would be placed.

The course included a huge river which every creature, large or small, had to cross.

The exhausted rat used its cunning to navigate the water by persuading the kindly ox to let it sit on its head as it crossed. Rather than say thank you on the other side, the rat made a dash for the finish with the ox not far behind.

That’s why the rat is first creature in the cycle, followed by the ox.

Not surprisingly, the tiger ran a good race but the current in the river sent it a little off-course.

It recovered enough to cross the line behind the ox and so comes in at number three in the Chinese zodiac. Next up was the rabbit. Also tired by the race, it almost came a cropper in the river but saved itself on a floating log and got to shore to finish fourth.

In fifth place is the only mythical creature on the calendar, the dragon. A kinder creature than legend suggests, it didn’t hesitate to divert from the race to extinguish a fire which was endangering the lives of some nearby villagers. Once it got back on course, it saw the rabbit struggling and used its breath to blow it safely to shore.

The rabbit never learned who came to its aid while the dragon was content to finish behind it.

The horse wasn’t far behind the dragon and thought sixth place was in the bag. However, it hadn’t noticed that the snake was saving energy by wrapping itself around the horse’s leg to hitch a ride. With the finish line in sight, the snake uncoiled itself and frightened the horse enough to slither into sixth, leaving its carrier, the horse, to take seventh place.

Next up were the sheep, monkey and rooster and this is a perfect example of teamwork.

The three piloted a small raft which would see them across the river safely.

Once on the other side it was a dash for the finish. The sheep was first, followed by the monkey and then the rooster (in some parts of the world, the sheep is known as a goat), so they took slots eight, nine and ten respectively.

Now we’re just left with the dog and the pig. Dog owners won’t be surprised that the playful hound was more interested in splashing about in the river rather than crossing it. This enabled the first 10 creatures to overtake it. It eventually ran over the line in 11th place.

Which leaves the pig.

The pig got peckish during the race. After stopping for food, it became sleepy and dozed off. It did wake up after a while and managed to make it over the line in last place. The Emperor had almost given up on it but was happy to assign it the final space in the zodiac.

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