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Who Invented the Chinese Zodiac?
The Chinese Zodiac is not a “zodiac” at all since it is neither based on the constellations nor is it a division of the ecliptic. Rather it is a way to observe time in cycles. There are no written record so who invented the Chinese Zodiac. However there are many theories about its origin.
One story relates that the ancient Chinese used to keep time by the use of ten “heavenly stems” and twelve “earthly branches.” Different combinations of these stems and branches were used to tell the month, year, day and hour. The calculations were too complicated for average folk, so they used common animals to symbolize the time divisions.
The story tells us that the famous Yellow Emperor was the first to use the Chinese Zodiac. He introduced it in the year 2,600 B.C. to begin the Chinese Lunar Year. In ancient China, the emperors were well schooled in astrology. It was believed that one had to know the ways of the stars and the heavens to be a worthy ruler.
Legendary Origin of the Chinese Zodiac
A couple of legends exist telling why the Chinese Zodiac is ordered the way it is. According to one version, the Buddha summoned all the animals in the world to a meeting. Only the twelve animals – rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog and pig – heeded his call. The Buddha rewarded each animal by making it the ruler of one of the signs. He gave them each year according to their order of arrival.
Thanks, Royal H. Burpee was a physiologist in New York City who invented a much milder (and less tormenting) version of the movement, intending it to be done just four times in a row as part of a fitness test. Vedic astrology is an integral part of this culture and has been practiced since time immemorial. The Vedas have six supplementary appendixes known as the Vedangas, limbs of the Vedas. One of these is the Jyotish Vedanga-Vedic astronomy and astrology. This calendar can be traced back to the 14th century B.C. Myths say that Emperor Huangdi, the first Chinese emperor, in 2637 B.C. Invented the Chinese lunar calendar, which follows the cycles of the moon. The zodiac was based on Chinese astrology and was used as a way to count years, months, days, and hours in the calendar. Where were Horoscopes first invented? Im wondering because different people say different thoughts.please help! And thanks for your answer:p Answer by ChainLightninGAstrology is best understood by learning how it began. Like most urban yet agricultural peoples of the day, the Babylonians had a pantheon of many gods. They also had a well-developed science of observational. The actual beginnings of astrology are lost in history. From the Old Babylonian period (1800-1700 B.C.) we have the first records of attempts to correlate such simple, basic problems as famine, death, or war with the positions of the stars and planets.
A second version narrates how the beasts argued over who should come first in the yearly cycle. So the Jade Emperor told them to race across a river and whoever reached the other side first would win. The rat mounted the ox and won by sticking out its nose at the finish line. The snake too, was dishonest – it frightened the horse to get ahead of it. The dragon would have won easily since it had wings. But it paused to help the tiny rabbit cross the river. This legend suggests the dragon was held as the noblest of the Chinese Zodiac signs.
The Four Pillars
The cycle of twelve animals are paired with the cycle of the five elements. So the exact animal such as a “Metal Tiger” appears only once every sixty years. What’s more, contrary to popular belief, the Chinese calendar is not limited to a different animal for each year. There are also animals for one’s month, day and hour of birth. Together with the year, these are known as the Four Pillars or Four Columns. The animal-element for one’s year is associated with ancestors and childhood. The animal-element of one’s month tells about one’s parents and youth. That for the day concerns oneself and one’s adult life. The animal and element for one’s birth hour is about children and old age.