China has a long and complex history with many different cultural aspects. Due to immigration, many of the beliefs that were formed in China are now well known in America. One of the most popular ancient Chinese beliefs that Americans are familiar with today are those of the Chinese Zodiac.
Like the astrological Zodiac of the Ancient Romans and Greeks, the Chinese zodiac has twelve different characters (representing the twelve months of the year). However, the twelve Chinese symbols are quite different from the symbols of the astrological zodiac since they follow the year a person was born rather than the month.
The Chinese zodiac is similar to the classic astrological zodiac in that it believes that the time a person was born (such as the year) impacts certain behaviors and personality traits. There is absolutely no proof that any of these beliefs are true, but many people still enjoy reading about their symbol and are curious to see if any of the personality traits attributed to their sign are accurate.
Below is a list of six of the Chinese zodiac symbols based on the first six months of the year. To see the second part of the year click on the first link under “Author Suggested Articles” below.