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The Dragon in the Chinese Horoscope
The Dragon in the Chinese Horoscope

The Dragon in the Chinese Horoscope The dragon is the only animal in the Chinese horoscope that has only an imaginary existence, and in fact, in the horoscope of other indigenous peoples of China, it is replaced by another animal. Although the dragon is an imaginary...

The Rooster in the Chinese horoscope
The Rooster in the Chinese horoscope

The Rooster in the Chinese horoscope In Chinese culture, as in many others, the rooster is closely associated with the sun. In some myths it is only in charge of calling the sun to rise every morning, a task in which other animals have failed, in others the rooster is...

The Monkey in the Chinese Horoscope
The Monkey in the Chinese Horoscope

The Monkey in the Chinese Horoscope  In the Chinese culture the monkey has a role similar to the one that Darwin gives him in the evolutionary scale. As man's younger brother, he participates in many of his qualities, in addition, in many occasions he enjoys the...

Dog in Chinese horoscope
Dog in Chinese horoscope

Dog in the Chinese horoscope  The dog is one of the most important animals in Chinese culture and is the first of the domestic animals that accompanied the ancestors of the Chinese in their activities on earth. From very early on it played a decisive role in the...

The Tiger in the Chinese horoscope
The Tiger in the Chinese horoscope

The Tiger in the Chinese horoscope The tiger is the king of animals for the Chinese, it plays a role similar to that of the lion in the West. It is therefore associated with dignity and power. As well as with a certain benevolent air in dealing with men. It is...

What are four tigers doing in a Chinese Buddhist Temple?
What are four tigers doing in a Chinese Buddhist Temple?

What are four tigers doing in a Chinese Buddhist Temple? After visiting the Yunnan Provincial Museum, with its exuberance of images of tigers and bulls I strolled around in Guandu Old City. The streets were full of people and I entered the Fading Temple to enjoy the...

Shadow – A Film by Zhang Yimou
Shadow – A Film by Zhang Yimou

Shadow - A Film by Zhang Yimou Zhang Yimou leads one of the most consistent and brilliant careers in the cinematography of China, and with The Shadow (Ying) he delights the viewer again with a beautiful and surprising story, based on a very original script, and that...

The horse in the Chinese horoscope
The horse in the Chinese horoscope

The horse in the Chinese horoscope The horse is one of the animals of later incorporation into Chinese culture. If, as some scholars say, the system of 12 animals in the Chinese horoscope originated in the peoples who lived in the north, in the steppes and deserts...

The rat in the Chinese horoscope
The rat in the Chinese horoscope

The rat in the Chinese horoscope The rat for the Chinese is an animal to which are associated some positive and some negative qualities, in fact it is considered capable of carrying out numerous enterprises, not in vain it was the first animal to be assigned a sign of...

An oriental interpretation of dreams
An oriental interpretation of dreams

An oriental interpretation of dreams Last week, in a book about the Hani minority in the remote Jinping region, one of the authors devoted part of his article on divination to dream interpretation among the Hani. I translated it, added some comments and published it...

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Chinese idioms
Chinese idioms

Chinese idioms One of the most difficult aspects of Chinese is to learn is the so-called idioms or chengyu (成语). In general, they refer to short sentences composed of four characters that allude to some historical fact or literary anecdote from ancient times. Its...

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The first description of the Religion of the Yi
The first description of the Religion of the Yi

The first description of the Religion of the Yi By Father François Louis Crabouillet in 1872. The religion of the Lolos[i] is that of sorcerers: it consists only of conjurations of evil spirits, according to them, the only authors of evil. Without being devout like...

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History of Dunhuang, crossroads of cultures on the Silk Road
History of Dunhuang, crossroads of cultures on the Silk Road

History of Dunhuang, crossroads of cultures on the Silk Road Dunhuang is one of the most fascinating cities on the Silk Road, although it now appears to be asleep, in the sleep that the improvement of communications in recent centuries has brought to the great...

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