The Metal Ox Year

Nomen Est Omen in concert in Beijing (photo: Antonina Ciuceanu)

According to the Chinese calendar, the year 2021 is that of the Metal Ox. For Europeans, cattle, for example the ox, could have negative connotations, although it is not mandatory. Let’s remember the famous ox head from the coat of arms of the Principality of Moldova, which symbolizes power, being associated with the sun, moon and rose, all represented heraldically. However, 2020 was, according to the same calendar, the year of the Metal Rat, so from the point of view of Western symbolism we are dealing with progress. Returning to Asia, more precisely to China, Beijing, where we had the chance to perform some time ago, we can certify that medieval (European) music is liked there as well.

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