Khmer Zodiac plays an important role in Khmer culture. Each animal has symbolic meanings. The 12 animals are divided into six pairs.
Rat and Ox:
Rat is a symbol of wisdom while Ox a symbol of diligence.
Tiger and Rabbit:
Tiger is a symbol of valor and vigor while Rabbit symbolizes prudence.
Dragon and Snake:
Dragon is a symbol of strength and inflexibility while Snake symbolizes flexibility.
Horse and Sheep:
Horse is a symbol of persistence and marching forward with an indomitable will while Sheep is a symbol of peace.
Monkey and Rooster:
Monkey is a symbol of flexibility while Rooster, which crows every morning, is a symbol of constancy.
Dog and Pig:
Dog is a symbol of loyalty, and Pig is considered amiable.