Chinese Zodiac (十二生肖)_图文

Chinese Zodiac

? In ancient times, in order to make people easily remember the years, our ancestors came up with an idea——using the animals to represent the years. ? Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep, Monkey, Rooster, Dog , and Boar.

the Jade Emperor 玉皇大帝

All the twelve animals gathered at the river bank and jumped in. /Unknown to the ox, the rat had jumped upon his back. /As the ox was about to jump ashore, the rat jumped off the ox’s back, and won the race./ The pig, who was very lazy, ended up last. /That is why the rat is the first year of the animal cycle, the ox second, and the pig last.

? Charming ? Imaginative ? Truly generous to the people they love
? Rats can be greedy

A mouse can see only an inch. 鼠目寸光

? Patient ? The endurance will bring them great success ? Mentally and physically alert ? The ox can be very stubborn and anger easily.

Cast peals before swine. 对牛弹琴

Who am I?

? Gentle ? Friendly ? Articulate
? Rabbits can be shy and sentimental

? Brave ? Adventurous ? Sensitive
? Tigers can be quicktempered and suspicious

Nothing venture, nothing have. 不 入虎穴焉得虎子

? Energetic ? Imaginative ? Self-assured
? Dragons can be moody

? ? ? ? Popular Wise Talented Good with their hands

? Horses can be impatient and rarely listen to advice

? Charming ? Wise ? Graceful
? Snakes can be stingy

A burnt child dreads the fire. 一朝被蛇咬十年 怕井绳

? Elegant ? Compassionate ? Highly accomplished in the arts ? Goats can be indecisive, pessimistic and puzzled about life

A narrow winding trail. 羊肠小道

? ? ? ? Clever Skillful Flexible Innovative

? Monkeys can be boastful

? Reliable ? Hard-working ? Deep thinkers
? Roosters can be rather vain and selfish

Even fowls and dogs are not spared. 鸡 犬不宁

? Loyal ? Helpful ? Positive

A dog will leap over a wall in desperation. 狗急跳墙

? Dogs have a tendency to worry too much and are somewhat eccentric

? Chivalrous ? Honest ? always put others before themselves
? Pigs can be reckless

Envy always shoots at a high mark. 人 怕出名猪怕壮

One’s Own Chinese Zodiac 本命年
? One’s own Chinese Zodiac is believed to be a bad year full of unexpected turns. So it is advisable to ward off disasters and spin the fortune by some means, for instance, wearing the red underwear & socks, which is still popular today in North China among the Hans.

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