|Su Wu , The Lonely Shepherd|
Ren Bonian, 1840- 1895
In Ancient China the sheep symbolized justice. According to legend a divine sheep called xiezhi was able to recognize wrongdoers, and would gore them in punishment. Judges wore and images of the xiezhi on their hats as a symbol of impartiality.
In Guangzhou, China, there is a statue commemorating the Five Sheep. It is said that the people used to eat only fish, until five gods came to earth riding on five sheep. Each sheep was a different color and held an ear of rice in its mouth. The gods instructed the people to plant the rice and blessed the city against famine. The gods flew back to the sky but the sheep remained standing until they became stones. Guangzhou is nicknamed “Five Sheep City”, and all sheep are believed to be lucky.
Above information from the following sites:
“Anyone that can walk three circles around a sleeping sheep will get his wish.”
~ Icelandic Folklore
~ Icelandic Folklore
The Lion, the Cow, the She-Goat and the Sheep - Aesophttp://www.mythfolklore.net/aesopica/oxford/14.htm
The Sharp, Grey Sheep – Gaelic/West Highlandshttp://www.surlalunefairytales.com/cinderella/stories/sheep.html
The Sheep and the Pig Who Set Up House - Norwayhttp://oaks.nvg.org/ntales47.html
The Sheep, the Lamp, the Wolf and the Hare - Tibethttp://members.home.nl/marcmarti/yugur/folktale/tale10b.htm
The Shepherd’s Mistake - India
The Sky is Falling - Ethiopia
Why the Stork Eats Frogs and the Wolf Hunts Sheep - Ukraine
The Goat and the Ram - Russiahttp://whisperingbooks.com/Show_Page/?book=Russian_Folk_Tales&story=Goat_And_Ram
The Tiger, the Ram and the Jackal – South Africa
The Leopard and the Ram – West Africa
The Ram and the Pig Who Set Up House - Norway
The Wolves, the Sheep and the Lamb – Aesop
The Dog, the Goat and the Donkey – Ethiopiahttp://www.ethiopianfolktales.com/en/somalia/210-the-dog-the-goat-and-the-donkey
The Goat-Face Girl – Andrew Langhttp://www.readbookonline.net/readOnLine/4890/
The Lad With the Goat Skin - Celtichttp://www.sacred-texts.com/neu/celt/cft/cft29.htm
The Sheep, the Goat and the Dog – Chad
Three Billy Goat’s Gruff – Three versions: Norway, Poland, Germanyhttp://www.pitt.edu/~dash/type0122e.html
When the Hyena and the Billy Goat Signed a Peace Treaty – Chad
A number of easy, preschool sheep/lamb crafts and activities.
Sheep and Lamb
he Chinese New Year ends with the Lantern Festival, celebrated at night with displays and parades of painted lanterns. The highlight of the Lantern Festival is the Dragon Dance. Beautiful dragons made of paper, silk and bamboo are held overhead, and appear to dance as they make their way along the parade routes.
Storybug.net: Dragons - Mythical, Mystical, Magical Creatures! – Here is a previous blog post filled with dragon tails, curriculum, crafts and more to augment your Chinese New Year celebration.http://karenchace.blogspot.com/2011/05/dragons-mythical-mystical-magical.html
Below are previous blog posts I wrote for the Chinese New Year. You will find useful background information to augment your Chinese New Year programs.
Year of the Horsehttp://karenchace.blogspot.com/2013/12/chinese-new-year-year-of-horse.html
Year of the Snake
Year of the Tigerhttp://karenchace.blogspot.com/2009/12/2010-year-of-tiger.html
Gung Hay Fat Choy
Last year I wrote a blog for the end of March: March Goes Out Like a Lamb. Since lambs are baby sheep I thought you might find something to add to your Chinese New Year Program here.http://karenchace.blogspot.com/2014/03/march-goes-out-like-lambfolktales-and.html
Karen Chace 2014 ©
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