gmtlight：Twelve zodiac table, twelve zodiac is twelve animals. There is no way to research the source. Bamboo slips unearthed from archaeologists more than 1000 years ago have been recorded.
The twelve zodiac animals are not only integrated into Chinese life as ordinary creatures, but their natural habits are endowed with a lot of cultural significance, from animals to deities, to be respected and worshipped. only the combination of natural creatures and cultural deities can form a complete impression of animals in the Chinese zodiac.
The zodiac is the representative of the twelve Earthly Branches, namely, Zi (rat), Chou (ox), Yin (tiger), Mao (rabbit), Chen (Dragon), Si (snake), Wu (horse), Wei (sheep), Shen (monkey), you (chicken), Xu (dog) and Hai (pig). With the development of history, the folk belief concept of mutual restraint is gradually integrated, which is manifested in marriage, life, year luck and so on. Each zodiac has rich legends, and forms a concept interpretation system, which becomes the image philosophy in folk culture, such as the zodiac in marriage, temple fair prayer, the year of birth and so on. In modern times, more people regard the Chinese Zodiac as the mascot of the Spring Festival and become the symbol of entertainment and cultural activities.