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Chinese Zodiac

I keep getting asked for the story and associated animal. here it is for the curious.

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Chinese Zodiac

  1. 1. Chinese Animal Zodiac James O’Sullivan C. Ac. (China)
  2. 2. The Story of the Chinese Zodiac <ul><li>For those of you who do not know what the Chinese Zodiac is or how it came to be, I have put together the following to give you all a history lesson. One of many legends say that a race was organised to decide the animals that would report to the Jade Emperor, who would then honour each by using them to represent the 12 phases of the Zodiac. </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>The route taken by the animals went through a forest, over ranges of plains and grasslands and along a stream, before finally crossing a lake to the destination town. </li></ul><ul><li>So although the cat and the rat being the worst swimmers in the animal kingdom, they were both intelligent. They decided that the best and fastest way to cross the river was to hop on the back of the ox. </li></ul><ul><li>The ox, being a naïve and good-natured animal, agreed to carry them across. </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>However, overcome with a fierce competitiveness, the rat decided that in order to win, it must do something and promptly pushed the cat into the river. </li></ul><ul><li>Because of this, the cat has never forgiven the rat, and hates the water as well. </li></ul><ul><li>After the ox had crossed the river, the rat jumped ahead and reached the shore first, and it claimed first place in the competition. </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>Following closely behind was the strong ox, and it was named the 2nd animal in the zodiac. After the ox, came the tiger, panting, while explaining to the Emperor just how difficult it was to cross the river with the heavy currents pushing it downstream all the time. But with powerful strength, it made it to shore and was named the 3rd animal in the cycle. </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>Suddenly, from a distance came a thumping sound, and the rabbit arrived. It explained how it crossed the river: by jumping from one stone to another in a nimble fashion. Halfway through, it almost lost the race but the rabbit was lucky enough to grab hold of a floating log that later washed him to shore. For that, it became the 4th animal in the zodiac cycle. </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>Coming in 5th place was the dragon, flying and belching fire into the air. Of course, the Emperor was deeply curious as to why a strong and flying creature such as the dragon should fail to reach first. The mighty dragon explained that he had to stop and make rain to help all the people and creatures of the earth, and therefore he was held back a little. </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>Then, on his way to the finish line, he saw a little helpless rabbit clinging on to a log so he did a good deed and gave a puff of breath to the poor creature so that it could land on the shore. </li></ul><ul><li>The Emperor was very pleased with the actions of the dragon, and he was added into the zodiac cycle. </li></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>As soon as he had done so, a galloping sound was heard, and the horse appeared. Hidden on the horse's hoof is the snake, whose sudden appearance gave the horse a fright, thus making it fall back and gave the snake 6th spot while the horse took the 7th. </li></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>Not long after that, a little distance away, the sheep, monkey and rooster came to the shore. These three creatures helped each other to get to where they are. The rooster spotted a raft, and took the other two animals with it. Together, the sheep and the monkey cleared the weeds, tugged and pulled and finally got the raft to the shore. Because of their combined efforts, the Emperor was very pleased and promptly named the sheep as the 8th creature, the monkey as the 9th, and the rooster the 10th. </li></ul>
  11. 11. <ul><li>The 11th animal is the dog. His explanation for being late although he was supposed to be the best swimmer amongst the rest was that he needed a good bath after a long spell, and the fresh water from the river was too big a temptation. For that, he almost didn't make it to finish line. </li></ul>
  12. 12. <ul><li>Just as the Emperor was about to call it a day, an oink and squeal was heard from a little pig. The pig got hungry during the race, promptly stopped for a feast and then fell asleep. After the nap, the pig continued the race and was named the 12th and last animal of the zodiac cycle. </li></ul>
  13. 13. <ul><li>The cat finished too late (thirteenth) to win any place in the calendar, and vowed to be the enemy of the rat forevermore. This is one of the most popular legends but there are many others. </li></ul>
  14. 14. <ul><li>Another legend says that the 12 animals of the Chinese Zodiac were chosen by Buddha. When Buddha was near death he invited all the animals to visit him. Only 12 came including the rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog and pig. For visiting him, Buddha named the 12 phases of the Zodiac after the animals in the order they arrived to see him. </li></ul>
  15. 15. The Ox <ul><li>The Ox as a creature has always been considered a dependable animal in Chinese culture, and is by no means a creature you should get on the wrong side of. </li></ul><ul><li>The Years of the Ox: </li></ul><ul><li>1925 - 1937 - 1949 - 1961 - 1973 - 1985 - 1997 - 2009 </li></ul>
  16. 16. The Ox <ul><li>Main Attributes: </li></ul><ul><li>Resolute </li></ul><ul><li>Strong-willed </li></ul><ul><li>Ambitious </li></ul><ul><li>Careful </li></ul><ul><li>Patient </li></ul><ul><li>Stubborn </li></ul>
  17. 17. The Tiger <ul><li>Another highly respected animal in Chinese culture is the Tiger. Of course like the animal itself Tigers can be extremely dangerous when they are crossed as they're emotions can be very strong and erratic. </li></ul><ul><li>The Years of the Tiger: </li></ul><ul><li>1926 - 1938 - 1950 - 1962 - 1974 - 1986 - 1998 - 2010 </li></ul>
  18. 18. The Tiger <ul><li>Main Attributes: </li></ul><ul><li>Assertive </li></ul><ul><li>Adventurous </li></ul><ul><li>Independent </li></ul><ul><li>Inventive </li></ul><ul><li>Generous </li></ul><ul><li>Restless </li></ul><ul><li>Impulsive </li></ul>
  19. 19. The Rabbit <ul><li>A person born under the sign of the Rabbit is thought to be overly emotional and highly sensitive. Rabbits are said to also be very affectionate and be a highly popular person with many friends. </li></ul><ul><li>The Years of the Rabbit: </li></ul><ul><li>1927 - 1939 - 1951 - 1963 - 1975 - 1987 - 1999 - 2011 </li></ul>
  20. 20. The Rabbit <ul><li>Main Attributes: </li></ul><ul><li>Sociable </li></ul><ul><li>Discreet </li></ul><ul><li>Refined </li></ul><ul><li>Shrewd </li></ul><ul><li>Perceptive </li></ul><ul><li>Sensitive </li></ul>
  21. 21. The Dragon <ul><li>The ancient mythical Dragon is a highly celebrated animal in Chinese culture, as most people are probably aware. Dragons are said to be very helpful, energetic and full of fun. </li></ul><ul><li>The Years of the Dragon: </li></ul><ul><li>1928 - 1940 - 1952 - 1964 - 1976 - 1988 - 2000 - 2012 </li></ul>
  22. 22. The Dragon <ul><li>Main Attributes: </li></ul><ul><li>Active </li></ul><ul><li>Determined </li></ul><ul><li>Confident </li></ul><ul><li>Enterprising </li></ul><ul><li>Versatile </li></ul><ul><li>Scrupulous </li></ul><ul><li>Lucky </li></ul>
  23. 23. The Snake <ul><li>Snakes are said to be blessed with an ability to seduce. They are highly sociable and well liked by the people around them. Deep down though Snakes can be very insecure in themselves, which can lead to jealousy. </li></ul><ul><li>The Years of the Snake: </li></ul><ul><li>1929 - 1941 - 1953 - 1965 - 1977 - 1989 - 2001 - 2013 </li></ul>
  24. 24. The Snake <ul><li>Main Attributes: </li></ul><ul><li>Thoughtful </li></ul><ul><li>Wise </li></ul><ul><li>Shrewd </li></ul><ul><li>Intuitive </li></ul><ul><li>Guarded </li></ul><ul><li>Independent </li></ul><ul><li>Sometimes Lazy </li></ul>
  25. 25. The Horse <ul><li>Horses are well known as the wanderer. They can by nature be very independent and thrive on constantly staying active. Horses can also be a bit of a show off with an underlying desire to show off to a crowd. </li></ul><ul><li>The Years of the Horse: </li></ul><ul><li>1930 - 1942 - 1954 - 1966 - 1978 - 1990 - 2002 - 2014 </li></ul>
  26. 26. The Horse <ul><li>Main Attributes: </li></ul><ul><li>Active </li></ul><ul><li>Alert </li></ul><ul><li>Outgoing </li></ul><ul><li>Adventurous </li></ul><ul><li>Eloquent </li></ul><ul><li>Free Spirited </li></ul><ul><li>Independent </li></ul><ul><li>Quick Tempered </li></ul>
  27. 27. The Sheep <ul><li>Sheep are thought to be highly artistic and creative, which matches well with their skill as a dreamer. They are kind beings who are often generous to those closest to them. </li></ul><ul><li>The Years of the Sheep: </li></ul><ul><li>1931 - 1943 - 1955 - 1967 - 1979 - 1991 - 2003 - 2015 </li></ul>
  28. 28. The Sheep <ul><li>Main Attributes: </li></ul><ul><li>Creative </li></ul><ul><li>Artistic </li></ul><ul><li>Considerate </li></ul><ul><li>Generous </li></ul><ul><li>Easy Going </li></ul><ul><li>Sensitive </li></ul><ul><li>A Worrier </li></ul>
  29. 29. The Monkey <ul><li>Known for their energetic nature, people born in the year of the Monkey are considered the partier of the Chinese Zodiac. This sign enjoys being the centre of attention and can have a lot of curiosity. </li></ul><ul><li>The Years of the Monkey: </li></ul><ul><li>1932 - 1944 - 1956 - 1968 - 1980 - 1992 - 2004 - 2016 </li></ul>
  30. 30. The Monkey <ul><li>Main Attributes: </li></ul><ul><li>Resourceful </li></ul><ul><li>Charming </li></ul><ul><li>Persuasive </li></ul><ul><li>Amusing </li></ul><ul><li>Sociable </li></ul><ul><li>Cunning </li></ul>
  31. 31. The Rooster <ul><li>Roosters are said to be quick thinking and ingenious sign that are believed to be very aware of things that are going on around them. It is also believe they're appearance is of great importance to them. </li></ul><ul><li>The Years of the Rooster: </li></ul><ul><li>1933 - 1945 - 1957 - 1969 - 1981 - 1993 - 2005 - 2017 </li></ul>
  32. 32. The Rooster <ul><li>Main Attributes: </li></ul><ul><li>Meticulous </li></ul><ul><li>Efficient </li></ul><ul><li>Orderly </li></ul><ul><li>Conscientious </li></ul><ul><li>Intelligent </li></ul><ul><li>Honourable </li></ul><ul><li>Notoriously Candid </li></ul>
  33. 33. The Dog <ul><li>Dogs are said to be very trustworthy, but can find it difficult to trust others in return. But can suffer from being rather moody and then need some time alone to revitalize themselves. </li></ul><ul><li>The Years of the Dog: </li></ul><ul><li>1934 - 1946 - 1958 - 1970 - 1982 - 1994 - 2006 - 2018 </li></ul>
  34. 34. The Dog <ul><li>Main Attributes: </li></ul><ul><li>Honest </li></ul><ul><li>Dependable </li></ul><ul><li>Diligent </li></ul><ul><li>Perceptive </li></ul><ul><li>Selfless </li></ul><ul><li>Caring </li></ul><ul><li>Moody </li></ul><ul><li>Fun-loving </li></ul><ul><li>Adventurous </li></ul>
  35. 35. The Pig <ul><li>Pigs are known to be very pleasant and are flawless in manners and taste. Pigs can be seen as feeling superior to those around them due to their perfectionism and love for the finer things in life. </li></ul><ul><li>The Years of the Pig: </li></ul><ul><li>1935 - 1947 - 1959 - 1971 - 1983 - 1995 - 2007 - 2019 </li></ul>
  36. 36. The Pig <ul><li>Main Attributes: </li></ul><ul><li>Sincere </li></ul><ul><li>Honest </li></ul><ul><li>Trusting </li></ul><ul><li>Sociable </li></ul><ul><li>Hard Working </li></ul><ul><li>Stubborn </li></ul>
  37. 37. The Rat <ul><li>is a creature looked down upon in the vast majority of the world, but in Chinese culture the rat is looked upon as a great and cunning animal. It is said they are also creative and very generous to they're family and friends. </li></ul><ul><li>The Years of the Rat: </li></ul><ul><li>1924 - 1936 - 1948 - 1960 - 1972 - 1984 - 1996 – 2008 </li></ul>
  38. 38. The Rat <ul><li>Main Attributes: </li></ul><ul><li>Charming </li></ul><ul><li>Sociable </li></ul><ul><li>Resourceful </li></ul><ul><li>Quick-witted </li></ul><ul><li>Ambitious </li></ul><ul><li>Crafty </li></ul><ul><li>Self-serving </li></ul>
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