The Origin of the Chinese Zodiac Art by Chris Chun

The Chinese Zodiac is based on a 12 year cycle. Unlike Western astrology, the astrological signs are divided by years and based on a lunar year rather than a calendar year so this is why the date always changes from year to year. ⁠

Each year is represented by an animal with their own symbolic meaning and⁠ attributes.⁠ (But did you know that each animal also has its own day and month?)  

There are many different versions as to how the Chinese Zodiac was formed but the story always involves an emperor, a race and a friendship that dissolves into an eternal feud.⁠

The Jade Emperor organised a race and invited all the animals in the world to compete. The course included a huge river which every creature, big or small had to cross. As a reward for turning up, the Emperor named a year in the zodiac after each one ⁠while the race would determine the order each animal would be placed. ⁠

The wily Rat hitched a ride on the Ox then jumped off into 1st position

 Chinese Zodiac Rat by Artist Chris Chun

The Ox was 2nd.

 Chinese Zodiac Ox by Artist Chris Chun

The Tiger ran a good race but veered slightly off course due to the strong river currents. He came in 3rd position.

 Chinese Zodiac Tiger by Artist Chris Chun

Followed by the Rabbit in 4th, Dragon in 5th and the Snake who secretly coiled around the Horse's leg.

 Chinese Zodiac Rabbit by Artist Chris Chun

Chinese Zodiac Dragon by Artist Chris Chun

The Snake uncoiled itself and frightened the Horse just as they were reaching the river bank, slithering into 6th position ahead of the Horse who was 7th.

 Chinese Zodiac Snake Painting by Artist Chris Chun

 Chinese Zodiac Horse Art Print by Artist Chris Chun

The Sheep, Monkey and Rooster are good friends who worked together to build a raft, finishing in 8th, 9th and 10th positions respectively. The Sheep was voted to go first because he kept everyone calm on the raft.

Chinese Zodiac Sheep by Artist Chris Chun

Chinese Zodiac Monkey by Artist Chris Chun

Chinese Zodiac Rooster by Artist Chris Chun

In the 11th position, was the Dog who enjoyed playing in the water so much he missed the other animals passing by....

Chinese Zodiac Dog by Artist Chris Chun

And the Pig who was more concerned with his appetite than the race, stopped for food and then had a little snooze afterwards. But he woke up just in tim to claim the final spot

Chinese Zodiac Pig Painting by Artist Chris Chun

And where might you ask is the cat? Well, the rat and cat were once best friends but the rat forgot to wake up the sleepy cat as promised. And this is why they are still enemies to this day.⁠⠀

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October 28, 2021 — Yricka Navarro

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