The second sign in the Chinese zodiac, the Ox was cheated out of first position in the zodiac race when the Rat, being cunning in nature, secretly rode on the Ox's back, jumped off the Ox and reached the riverbank first.
The miniature sheet in this issue depicts Laozi, a prominent thinker in ancient China, who served as a keeper of archival records at the court during the Zhou dynasty. Witnessing the decline of Zhou, Laozi departed to the wilderness on his faithful ox. Upon reaching the border he was asked to put his teachings and knowledge into writing. In the company of his ox, Laozi wrote Daode Jing, the most important book in Taoism.
As usual, included in the issue is a set of the 12 animals in the Chinese zodiac.
Date of Issue : 8 Jan 2009
Postmark : Christmas Island WA 6798
Denomination : 55c and AU$1.65
Zodiac Stamps Denomination : 4 x 10c, 4 x 20c and 4 x 25c
Stamp Size : 26mm x 37.5mm
Paper : Tullis Russell
Printing Process : Lithography
A LIL' NOTE
Being the most important book in Taoism, Daode Jing is one of the most translated works in world literature.
Laozi's influence on Chinese culture is reflected in philosophic thought, literature, calligraphy, painting, music and other cultural traditions.