In ancient times, the ox was a servant of the Jade Emperor and it often traveled between the heaven and the earth. One day, the earth farmer asked the ox to take a message to the Jade Emperor: ''the earth is barren, and it is too ugly. Could you grant some seeds to the mortal world and make it beautiful?'' The Jade Emperor thought it was reasonable, so he asked the Gods if there was someone who wanted to go to the mortal world to sow grass seeds.
''Your majesty, I will.'' The ox volunteered.
''You are careless, can you complete this task?'' The Jade Emperor didn't trust the ox.
''Don't worry. I'll kiss the rod if I can't finish it!'' The ox was determined.
The Jade Emperor agreed and urged the ox to sow one handful of grass seeds every three steps.
The ox took the seeds and left the Heavenly Palace. While crossing the Heavenly Southern Gate, it accidentally fell down and felt dizzy. It mistook the Jade Emperor's will as sowing three handfuls of seeds every step. Therefore, a large number of seeds were sowed on the earth. In the next year, the weeds were overly abundant and over-grown so much so that the farmers couldn't grow crops.
The farmers asked the Kitchen God to relay this problem to the Jade Emperor. After learning the news, the Jade Emperor asked the ox about the situation. He had guessed that the Ox had sowed three handfuls of seeds every step and screwed it up.
"You careless ox, you made the world full of weeds! What did you promise me? From now on, you and your offspring are only allowed to eat grass to help the farmers manage the fields. Also, you have to work for the farmers!" The Jade Emperor was so angry that he kicked the ox off the heaven. The ox fell down to the earth with his mouth down and had its upper teeth chipped off. Since then, the ox worked for the famer for its whole life and never stopped eating grass.
The ox was a good animal and corrected its mistake quickly. It bore the burden of hard work willingly and it was diligent and honest. The Ox never slacked off from the working for the farmers, winning the praise of people.
“Ox people” are placid and stable, utterly reliable, and tenacious. They are true survivors, doggedly taking on obstacles and pitfalls to achieve their goals. They are careful about who they take into their confidence, but once you have earned their trust, you will enjoy their sympathy, sound advice and willingness to give constructive help when the situation arises. Although tolerant and easy-going, it is ill-advised to push the Ox to far; he or she can make a formidable stand. No strangers to domesticity, Ox people make excellent parents and caring, loyal partners.
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