The China zodiac is made up of 12 animals and together they are known as “Shengxiao”. Chinese zodiac symbols consist of Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Ram, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Pig. Chinese Zodiac is based on a twelve year cycle; each year in cycle is related to an animal sign.
Buddhism has also shown a greater significance of these zodiac symbols. There had been eight Buddhist deities called as Mamori Honzon in dense forests in China. Each deity is associated with a specific zodiac animal and act as a Guardian (Protector) of the people born in that year.
It is still a mystery which country created the zodiac first. There are evidences in the Historical literature during the Han Dynasty (202 BC-220 AD) about the animal selection and their order. The order is explained with a folk-tale about how the animals were summoned to heaven by the Emperor Jade who is believed to rule the heaven of China.
Zodiac symbol and Chinese People
Traditional Chinese culture has long recognised these zodiac animals as part of their lives and has penetrated into the daily lives of the Chinese people.
Everyone in China , from the day he/she is born , with a zodiac sign that tell about his/her characteristics ,behaviour and sometimes appearance , qualities and inferiorities.
Thus every individual zodiac sign has unique personality traits.
Also these zodiac animals are often used to find the person’s compatibility with other human being based on his/her animal zodiac sign.
Zodiac Charms and Feng Shui
Wearing jewellery of these zodiac animals are auspicious Feng Shui symbols for protection and good fortune.
Also keeping zodiac animals statue in your house or workplace is a good way to protect and guardian you from evil or bad energies.
Not only in China, Japanese also believe in these zodiac animals and wear their amulets or lockets as a symbol of protection and security.
People under different signs have unique characters, personalities and fortune.