The Great Race - The Origin of Chinese Zodiac

There are many stories explaining the origin of the Chinese zodiac. One of the most popular legends is The Great Race across a river to get to the meeting summoned by the Jade Emperor. In the stories, you will also see why the cat was not chosen. In fact, however, most historians agree that cat is not on the list because the 12 animal signs were created before cats were introduced to China from India with Buddhism.