Bronze sculpture Rat
The rat is the embodiment of perseverance, dexterity, cunning and fecundity, besides it has the gift of foresight
The rat (sometimes referred to as a mouse) is the first of the twelve animals of the Chinese zodiac. People born in this year are expected to possess qualities associated with rats, including creativity. Intelligence, honesty, generosity, ambition, a quick temper and wastefulness. People born in a year of the rat are said to get along well with “monkeys” and “dragons”, and to get along poorly with “horses”.
In Indian tradition, rats are seen as the vehicle of Ganesha, and a rat’s statue is always found in a temple of Ganesh. In the northwestern Indian city of Deshnoke, the rats at the Karni Mata Temple are held to be destined for reincarnation as Sadhus (Hindu holy men). The attending priests feed milk and grain to the rats, of which the pilgrims also partake.
European associations with the rat are generally negative. Some people in European cultures keep rats as pets and conversely find them to be tame, clean, intelligent, and playful.