Zodiac In Chinese Culture

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The Chinese zodiac proves to be one of the most significant components in Chinese culture. Ever since the Han dynasty up until now, the Chinese zodiac never fails to influence the lifestyle of the people. From careers, up to marriages, the zodiac judges it all. The characteristics and symbols endowed by a zodiac sign is then used to judge what career the person born on that sign must take; or even the most suitable partner for that person. For instance, if the job requires someone who is intellectual, then the person born on the zodiac sign with the characteristic of great intellect will be most likely hired. Another instance is if someone is looking for a spouse, then he would most likely marry the person born on a zodiac sign that is most…show more content…
This is due to the fact that both of them are one of the most popular cultures giving high value to horses, and using them for war. The Greeks and Romans are known to have won battles because of the use of horses, thus making them symbols of war. According to Anglefire, "One major advantage was mobility. Moving an army of men on horseback is much faster than moving men on foot. Another advantage was the intimidation factor. But not only did the cavalry look big and scary, it could defeat the unmounted enemy, and could win just as easily when faced with light horses." This proves that due to the usage of horses, the Greeks had a huge advantage against their foes, thus crediting their victory over war to their horse. Its intimidation and speed can grant victory to those using horses over those not using horses. The Roman culture sees it the same way, as History of the War Horse states it "As Rome was a military empire, the horse was an essential element in communications, transport and fighting." This means that the Romans, just like the Greeks, gave importance to the horse in war, in order for them to expand their empire. Both of these cultures also hold horses at very high values, therefore making them symbols of wealth. In their society, horses were so expensive, that they can only be owned by soldiers and nobles. Even buying the stables and the food would cost a lot for a common family…show more content…
The Chinese believed that those born on the Year of the Horse are very talented. They are said to be eloquent in communication, skilled at funds and exceptional when it comes to working with their hands. They are also excellent in dancing and singing, since this is the way they express their joy. This talent shown those born on that year can be related to a typical horse, which is talented and useful to the Chinese in transportation and war alike. They are also seen to be extremely energetic, thus making it also a symbol of energy. The people born on the year of the horse have an unimaginable drive to succeed, thus contributing and refining their talents and abilities. Based on Hanban, “They 'll work on and on until a job is completed. They may be extremely intelligent, ambitious and expect to succeed as well as a cope with many projects at as soon as.” These people take opportunities to work immediately, expecting positive results, and working industrious and independent all day, until they complete that opportunity. The energy seen by the people born on the year of the horse can also be viewed in a typical horse. It possesses great agility and speed for a very long period of time. However, the horse also symbolizes hot temper, since those born on the Year of the horse are said to display an attitude that is always ready to whine when highly pressured and bombarded with labor. They are easily
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