China is a country with a long and complicated history with many different aspects to its culture. Due to the rapid increase in Chinese immigration in the 1800s and the 1900s, 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 at present are those of the Chinese zodiac.
Similar to 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 because the Chinese zodiac follows the year a person was born rather than the month.
The Chinese zodiac is like the classic astrological zodiac because it believes that the time a person was born (such as the year) impacts their overall behavior and personality. 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 Chinese zodiac symbols based on the latter six months of the year. To see the first part of the year click on the first link under “Author Suggested Articles” below.