The Medicine Bag

This ancient Chinese horoscope has been in use by the Chinese for thousands of years, Its twelve animal signs are similar to the twelve signs of the Western Zodiac, but are determined by the year you were born rather than the month. Its main purpose was to let the people know if the year was good or bad. Many stories were told of the gods’ great powers of creating the zodiac. This particular story has been passed down many generations and continued to be heard today and its principles are also being used all over the world.

The legend begins with the Jade King who had requested that he would like to see the most interesting and peculiar animals on Earth. The Rat, sat on the Ox and played the flute which impressed the king and he was given first place. The Jade King then gave the second place to the Ox because of his kindness to the Rat. Third place went to the Tiger because of the appearance of courage. The Rabbit had fourth place. The King thought that the Dragon looked like a snake on legs, so he was given fifth place. The Snake was given sixth, the Horse seventh, the Ram eighth, the Monkey ninth, the Rooster tenth (this was the only bird that the assistant could catch), and the Dog given the eleventh place. Last place went to the Pig just as the Cat dashed into the palace. However, the judging was complete and the Cat was denied entrance to the Zodiac.

The Chinese love jade because of not only its beauty, but also more importantly its culture, meaning and humanity. Its polish and brilliancy represent the whole of purity. The jade’s perfect compactness and extreme hardness represent the sureness of intelligence. This was because jade is invaluable because of its beauty, grace and purity. The Chinese word (Yu), which means jade, is used in many girls’ names. For example, Ting Ting Yu Li means fair, slim and graceful.

Characters were developed to create new characters by combining one element indicating meaning and the other sound. This method offered an advantage because it gave its pronunciation. This was very much improved from the earlier pictograms and associative compounds. The first group contains complex characters which do not contained simplified characters. The second group uses components of simplified characters. The third group uses simplified components only. These three groups revolutionized the Chinese language. It is very important to know Chinese in order to express your thoughts and opinions through mouth, writing and reading.

Buddha plays a major role in the Chinese religion. Many people in Taiwan are Buddhist and pay homage to Buddha every year. In return for their worship, Buddha promised to watch over them and help them when they are in trouble. To this day, many people visit and honor Buddha’s shrines and temples across the country. In ancient times, religion played a major role in ones’ life by insuring heath and safety by trusting an authoritative figure.

The Foo Loo is a talisman that captures the evil lurking around your house and traps it in its hourglass shape. The writing on the Foo Loo are ancient spells that prevent the evil to get out. The mythical creature, the dragon, is used to catch the evil and the Buddha is to promote peace within the house. The Chinese have always been scared of evil ruining their live and did anything possible to get rid of evil. Collecting and trapping evil was one way to abolish it form the household.

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