My Chinese Zodiac Animal 12 Chinese Zodiac Signs in Woodcut Prints

Do you know what your Chinese zodiac animal is? One of 12 animals represents a year and this cycle is repeated over 12 years. The Chinese zodiac is a familiar idea in many Asian and some European countries, but not well known in most of Western countries. Let's discover your Chinese zodiac and find a matched ukiyo-e for you, your friends and family!

What is the Chinese zodiac?

The Chinese zodiac, also known as Shengxiao (“born resembling”), is a repeating cycle of 12 years, and each year is represented by a different animal. In order, the 12 animals are Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and Boar. Unlike Western astrology, which is governed by the constant planetary movements, Chinese astrology is predetermined by birth year; an Ox is an Ox, and that never changes.

How 12 animals were selected?

The order of the Chinese astrology signs is related to the most commonly accepted legend of the Chinese zodiac: the Jade Emperor’s Race. As the story goes, the Chinese emperor held a race to determine which lucky animals would have the honor of being added to the calendar. The first-place winner—who ended up being the rat—would claim the first year of the 12-year cycle, and so on.

Although these 12 animals can be slightly different depending on the countries, such as the Pig in China is the Boar in Japan as well as the Water buffalo in Vietnam is the Ox in Japan. Also the Cat is in 12 animals in Thailand or Tibet instead of the Rabbit.

Find my Chinese zodizc sign

Each Chinese zodiac year is represented by an animal and your animal is assigned by your birth year. The table of Chinese zodiac years below will help you find your zodiac animal fast. For example, if you were born in 2000, your animal is the Dragon. In this way, the Dog is for birthday in 1970 and so on.

1900 1912 1924 1936 1948 1960 1972 1984 1996 2008 2020
1901 1913 1925 1937 1949 1961 1973 1985 1997 2009 2021
1902 1914 1926 1938 1950 1962 1974 1986 1998 2010 2022
1903 1915 1927 1939 1951 1963 1975 1987 1999 2011 2023
1904 1916 1928 1940 1952 1964 1976 1988 2000 2012 2024
1905 1917 1929 1941 1953 1965 1977 1989 2001 2013 2025
1906 1918 1930 1942 1954 1966 1978 1990 2002 2014 2026
1907 1919 1931 1943 1955 1967 1979 1991 2003 2015 2027
1908 1920 1932 1944 1956 1968 1980 1992 2004 2016 2028
1909 1921 1933 1945 1957 1969 1981 1993 2005 2017 2029
1910 1922 1934 1946 1958 1970 1982 1994 2006 2018 2030
1911 1923 1935 1947 1959 1971 1983 1995 2007 2019 2031

12 Chinese zodiac signs in Ukiyo-e

12 zodiac animals in ukiyo-e and their unique characters

Other prints of Chinese zodiac animal

Contemporary prints depicted Chinese zodiac animal

 

The Cat in woodcut prints

Even though the Cat is not one of 12 zodiac animals in Japan, it is included in 12 animals instead of rabbit in some Asian countries such as Thailand or Tibet.

 
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