-Shag: Shag is the son of a tribal chief. born at the year of dragon. The tribe strongly believe in him that he’s gonna get the tribe good luck and make the tribe prosper because it’s big meaning somebody who is rule the tribe is born at the year of dragon.
–Jarlgar: The chief of one of Mongolian tribe. Shag’s dad.
–Misalay: Shag’s grandmother. She always talk to Shag how he is precious and special as the dragon children( that’s what she says to him)
Place: one of Mongolian tribe.
1.WHAT DRAGON MEANING IN THIS BOOK?
Shag is born at the year of dragon. Shag’s tribe is believing this zodiac as most of the Mongolian tribes does.
Similar to the ten heavenly stems and twelve earthly branches, animals in Chinese zodiac were also created for counting years as the system that is now universally accepted based on the Christian calendar was as yet non-existent. The selection and order of the animals that influence people’s lives very much was originated in the Han Dynasty(202BC – 220AD) and based upon each animal’s character and living habits. The old time division was mostly related to number 12: one ji equals 12 years, one year has 12 months, one day has 12 time periods called shi chen. Ancient people observe that there are 12 full moons within one year. So, its origin is associated with astronomy. Each animal sign is usually related with an earthly branch, so the animal years were called zi rat, chou ox, yin tiger, mao rabbit, chen dragon, si snack, wu horse, wei sheep, shen monkey, you rooster, xu dog and hai pig.
-The meaning of the year of dragon: The dragons enjoys a very high reputation in Chinese culture. It is the token of authority, dignity, honor, success, luck, and capacity. In ancient China, this creature was thought to speed across the sky with divine power. Emperors entitled themselves exclusively as ‘dragon’; their thrones were called ‘dragon thrones’, their clothes ‘dragon gowns’.
People under the sign of the dragon are lively, intellectual, energetic and excitable. They often can be leaders and try to go for perfection. When they meet with difficulties, they are not discouraged. They are magnanimous, romantic and sensitive about their reputation. They usually have great ambition and an ingenuous personality. They hate hypocrisy, gossip and slander. They are not afraid of difficulties but hate to be used or controlled by others.