Do you know the story of the Chinese zodiac?
There are twelve constellations in foreign countries, and twelve zodiac signs in China.The twelve zodiac signs are also called the “属相shǔ xiàng”.Including rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog, and pig.The origin of the twelve zodiac signs is related to animal worship. A relatively complete zodiac system existed in the pre-Qin period.
As time goes by, the zodiac sign has evolved into a profound cultural symbol in China, which has affected various aspects such as marriage, work, and study.And it has also evolved to judge whether a couple is suitable for marriage by looking at the zodiac sign, and the year of birth.Now, more and more people regard the zodiac as the mascot of the Spring Festival and a symbol of entertainment and cultural activities.
Why are there twelve zodiac signs?
Twelve alludes to the ancients' understanding of natural phenomena.In ancient China, a year was called "一岁", and the alternation of cold and heat happened to be twelve months.The moon's waxing and waning cycle is also twelve months,therefore, the ancients also defined the zodiac as twelve.
How did the order of the zodiac come about?
Regarding the origin of the order of the twelve zodiac signs, We believe everyone has heard many versions of the story about the origin of the order of the zodiac signs. These are generally told to children. In fact, the reason is related to astronomy.One theory is that ancient astronomers divided day and night into twelve hours.At the same time, they determined the twelve zodiac signs according to the living habits and activity hours of the twelve animals when observing the sky.
Some ethnic minorities in China and foreign countries also have twelve zodiac signs, but the order is different, and the animals in some areas are also different. Do you have twelve zodiac signs in your area?What is your zodiac sign? Welcome to leave a message to tell us!Finally, let's enjoy some paper-cut works of the Chinese zodiac!
Appreciation of Chinese Zodiac Paper-cutting (Part)
Chinese Zodiac Song Appreciation (Part)
Chinese zodiac nursery rhymes Click Play
The song of the Zodiac Click Play
Twelve Chinese Zodiac Signs Click Play