For a long time there has been a special relationship between humans and the 12 zodiacal animals. People under this rat sign are usually smart and willing to accumulate wealth and to take efforts to be successful. The ox is sedulous, simple, honest, and straightforward. Tigers, considered to be brave, cruel, forceful and terrifying, are the symbol of power and lordliness. People bom in the year of the tiger are tolerant, staunch, valiant, and respected. The rabbit has represented hope of the Chinese people for a long lime. People born under the sign of the rabbit are gentle, sensitive, modest, and merciful and have strong memory. The dragon enjoys a very high reputation in Chinese culture. People bom in the year of the snoke often hove a good temper, a skill of communicating, and a gracious morolity, but they ore likely to be jeolous ond suspicious. People bom in the year of the horse hove ingenious communicating techniques ond in their community they olways want to be in the limelight. People under the sign of the sheep are tender, polite, filial, clever, and kind-hearted. Most people bom in the Year of the Monkey are lively, flexible, and, versatile. The rooster is almost the epitome of fidelity and punctuality. The dog is the human’s friend who can understand the human’s spirit and obey its moster, whether he is wealthy or not. People bom in the Year of the Pig are honest and fronk.
The Origin of Chinese Zodiac
In ancient times, our ancestors counted the years with 10 celestial stems and 12 terrestrial branches. Although this was scientific, most people were illiterate and could not memorize or calculate easily. Thus the animals that influenced people’s lives were chosen to symbolize the terrestrial branches: the rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog and pig.
For a long time there has been a special relationship between humans and the 12 zodiacal animals. Humans admired them, took them as totems, and in the artistic field, those animal signs were among the features of those themes. This can be reflected in ortisans’ paper-cut works, NewYoor pictures, pottery and bronze wares, especially on the bronze mirrors before the appearance of gloss ones, on which elaborate forms showed croolivity ond posslon as well as wishes for a good life.
Charaeter of Persons under the Rat Sign
Though in people’s eyes, the rot is not adoroble, ond even some Chinese soyings thot reloted to it have almost derogatory meanings, it ranged as the hood of the Chinese zodiac. It was recognized as an animal with spirit, wit, alertness, delicacy, flexibility and vitality. People under this rot sign are usually smart and willing to accumulate wealth and to take efforts to be successful. Throughout their life, there will be many other people who can bring great fortune to them. Thus despite timidity, most of them are happy and harmonious with others.
Character of Persons under the Dragon Sign
The dragon enjoys a very high reputation in Chinese culture. It is the token of authorily, dignily, Honor, success, luck and capocily. In ancient China, a dragon was thought to speed across the sky with divine power. Emperors entitled themselves exclusively as “dragon”; their thrones were called “dragon thrones”, their clothes “dragon gowns”.
People under the sign of the dragon are lively, energetic and fortunate. They often can be leaders and try to go for perfection. When they meet with difficulties, they are not discouraged. But they are a little arrogant, and impatient, and women are over-confident. If they overcome these defects, they can have a brighter future.
The Use of Zodiac Animal Signs
A Chinese horoscope may predict that a person born in the Year of the Horse is “cheerful, popular and quick to compliment others”. The year of a person’s birth is considered the primary foctor in determining a person’s personalily, physical and mental attributes, abilily and level of success and happiness throughout his or her lifetime. Events and occurrences in a given year are influenced by the nature of that year’s animal.
Animal signs also have a useful social function for determining someone’s age. Instead of asking directly how old a person is, the Chinese often ask about his or her animal sign, which places a person within a cycle of 12 years. This is a popular way to socialize.
Chlna’s Horse Culture
With the development of the horse breeding industry, abundant experiences were accumulated throughout the ages, The most famous master was named Bole ,and others like him that followed also adopted the name, The word” Bole” became a Chinese idiom, The monograph on distinguishing fine breeds of horses by Bole is the earliest of its kind in the world. Other monographs on the subject also appeared during the Tang Dynasly.
Horses is China are mainly distributed in the northem regions, including the vast area of Xinjiang and Qinghai in the west of lanzhou, Inner Mongolia, Northeast China and the northern part of North China, the mountainous regions in Sichuan Province, Yunnan and Guizhou Plateau. The number of horses in Northeast, Northwest and North China accounts for three-fourths of the country’s total.