Reporting: Rabbit Zielke
It is the Year of the Rabbit and we spoke with Dr. Ling Jun Wang, physics professor at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, about the origins of the Chinese Zodiac and impact on Chinese culture.
The Chinese Zodiac is based on a 12 year cycle following the movement of Jupiter through the constellations known as palaces in the sky. Each zodiac has a specific name but thousands of years ago the use of animals known to everyone in China became the name of the year. This proved useful in helping to mark the calendar in China for centuries.
Over the course of time the characteristics of the animal became associated with the year. The practice of fortune tellers linking the zodiac with an individual’s personal luck and fortune grew and developed many followers. In some areas of China the zodiac is still considered influential in personal and business decisions.
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