Jun 01, 2013

In a multi-nationality country as China, the Zodiac signs exist not only in Han nationality, but also in many ethnic groups as a way of counting the years.

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The Yi Ethnic Group in the West Guilin
The Twelve Chinese Zodiac Signs:
Dragon phoenix horse ant man rooster dog pig peacock ox tiger snake

The Yi Ethnic Group in Ailao Mountain
The Twelve Chinese Zodiac Signs:
Tiger rabbit pangolin snake horse goat monkey  rooster  dog pig rat ox

The Yi Ethnic Group in SichuanYunnanGuizhou
The Twelve Chinese Zodiac Signs:
Rat ox tiger rabbit dragon snake horse goat monkey rooster dog pig

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The Li Ethnic Group in Hainan
The Twelve Chinese Zodiac Signs:
Rooster dog pig rat ox insect rabbit  dragon snake horse goat monkey

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The Dai Ethnic Group in Yunnan
The Twelve Chinese Zodiac Signs:
Rat cattle tiger rabbit dragon snake horse goat monkey rooster dog elephant

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The Zhuang Ethnic Group in Guangxi
The Twelve Chinese Zodiac Signs:
Rat ox tiger rabbit dragon snake horse goat monkey rooster dog pig

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The Mongolian Ethnic Group
The Twelve Chinese Zodiac Signs:
Tiger rabbit dragon snake horse goat monkey rooster dog pig rat ox

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The Uygur Ethnic Group
The Twelve Chinese Zodiac Signs:
Rat ox tiger rabbit fish snake horse goat monkey rooster dog pig

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The Kirgiz Ethnic Group
The Twelve Chinese Zodiac Signs:
Rat ox tiger rabbit fish snake horse goat fox rooster dog pig

It is evident that the twelve Chinese zodiac signs of many ethnic groups such as Mongolian, Zhuang and part of the Yi ethnic groups are greatly influenced by that of the Han nationality, for they are basically the same. But some ethnic groups change them to some extent during the process of assimilating Han culture of Zodiac signs. Thanks to their different environment and species around them, they choose their most familiar animals as their zodiac signs, thus bringing certain variety among them.

SOURCE : traditions.cultural-china.com

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