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The Twelve Zodiac Animals
Author: Lv Shun
Publisher: Research Press, 1st edition, 05/2009
Language: English
Binding: Paperback, 8.3" x 5.6", 234 pp
ISBN: 9787801684615

The shengxiao, or animals of the Chinese zodiac, forms a method of numbering the years based on the names of 12 different animals. In sequential order, these animals are the rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog, and pig.
For over three millennia, China has followed the lunar calendar to record time. To count the years, the lunar calendar uses the 10 Heavenly Stems (jia, yi, bing, ding, wu, ji, geng, xin, ren, and gui) and the 12 Earthly Branches (zi, chou, yin, mao, chen, si, wu, wei, shen, you, xu, hai). Each person is assigned one of the 12 animals to correspond with, and represent, the Earthly Branch of the year in which he or she was born. The 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac thus are used to number the years, record and measure time, and determine each person's zodiac sign.
An essential and deep-rooted part of China's traditional culture, the shengxiao has had a profound impact on Chinese people. The shengxiao culture permeates every aspect of Chinese social life and is intimately connected with the lives of the Chinese people. The zodiac animals are used to inquire about the age of others, and shengxiao-related folktales, customs and even games can be found throughout China. The Chinese zodiac animals also play a prominent role in fortune-telling, and are beautifully illustrated and depicted in works of art and literature.

By selecting widely influential Han customs as its main content and using a combination of engaging text and colorful illustrations, The Twelve Zodiac Animals presents an account of the rich and varied culture of the Chinese zodiac. In addition to introducing the legends and folk customs associated with each of the zodiac animals, the book also presents related information on "lifetime fortune, " fortune telling, and the interpretation of dreams. Although the culture of the Chinese zodiac animals has been passed on through successive dynasties, changing social systems, and countless generations, it has endured over this vast span of time and, even today, is still as popular as ever.


twelve zodiac animalsContents:

THE ZI RAT NIPS THE WORLD
Zodiac Animal File
The Rat and Personality
The Rat and Blood Type
The Rat and Fortune
Lifetime Fortune: Overview
Fortune and the Five Elements
Fortune by the Year
The Rat and the Western Zodiac
Fengshui and the Rat
Interpreting Rat Dreams

THE CHOU OX OPENS THE EARTH
Health Secrets
Zodiac Animal File
The Ox and Personality
The Ox and Blood Type
The Ox and Fortune
Lifetime Fortune: Overview
Fortune and the Five Elements
Fortune by the Year
The Ox and the Western Zodiac
Fengshui and the Ox
Interpreting Ox Dreams
Health Secrets

THE YIN TIGER WHISTLES THROUGH THE WIND
Zodiac Animal File
The Tiger and Personality
The Tiger and Blood Type
The Tiger and Fortune
Lifetime Fortune: Overview
Fortune and the Five Elements
Fortune by the Year
The Tiger and the Western Zodiac
Fengshui and the Tiger
Interpreting Tiger Dreams
Health Secrets

THE MAO RABBIT PLAYS WITH THE MOON
Zodiac Animal File
The Rabbit and Personality
The Rabbit and Blood Type
The Rabbit and Fortune
Lifetime Fortune: Overview
Fortune and the Five Elements
Fortune by the Year
The Rabbit and the Western Zodiac
Fengshui and the Rabbit
Interpreting Rabbit Dreams
Health Secrets

THE CHEN DRAGON DARTS ACROSS THE SKY
Zodiac Animal File
The Dragon and Personality
The Dragon and Blood Type
The Dragon and Fortune
Lifetime Fortune: Overview
Fortune and the Five Elements
Fortune by the Year
The Dragon and the Western Zodiac
Fengshui and the Dragon
Interpreting Dragon Dreams
Health Secrets

THE SI SNAKE ABOVE THE CLOUDS
Zodiac Animal File
The Snake and Personality
The Snake and Blood Type
The Snake and Fortune
Lifetime Fortune: Overview
Fortune and the Five Elements
Fortune by the Year
The Snake and the Western Zodiac
Fengshui and the Snake
Interpreting Snake Dreams
Health Secrets

THE WU HORSE FLES ABOVE THE SKY
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THE WEI SHEEP CREATES PROSPERITY AND PEACE
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THE SHEN MONKEY HAS SPECIAL PROWESS
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THE AUSPICIOUS YOU ROOSTER
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THE XU DOG BRINGS PROSPEROUS WEALTH
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THE HAI PIG DELIVERS THE LUCK
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APPENDIX
EPILOGUE

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