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China's coming lunar new year has stirred a debate over which zodiac creature is the correct one -- but Chinese folklorists dismiss the fixation on animals as missing the point.For example, a goat is a "mountain yang", a sheep is a "soft yang" and a Mongolian gazelle is a "yellow yang".Both goats and sheep appear in Chinese new year paintings, paper-cuts and other festival decorations.Folklorists say it does not matter which one is used since the zodiac sign was chosen for the Chinese character's auspicious connotation rather than the specific animal -- at least in the beginning.More often, the animal plays a positive role in Chinese folklore, experts say.While the loose concept of "yang" comes naturally to Chinese people, in the West the term can often be a source of frustration for those seeking an equivalent in their own language.Many Chinese people appear to be unfazed by the debate.
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