Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Animals of the Chinese Zodiac

It's a little bit late but Happy Year of the Dragon!  Do you recognize these statues?

Seeing as how its still within the Lunar New Year Festivities, I figured it might be somewhat relevant to post the twelve animals of the chinese zodiac as depicted in statue form in the Gyeongbokgung Palace compound in Seoul, South Korea.
The cycle begins with the rat and the ox,

followed by the tiger and rabbit.

With 2012 being the year of the dragon, followed by the snake the following year.

The horse and ram come next,

followed by the monkey and the rooster,

And the dog and the pig bringing up the rear.

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