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Symbolic Rooster Chinese painting

Symbolic Rooster Chinese painting

Symbolic Rooster Chinese painting

Symbolic Rooster Chinese painting
In China, Rooster is considered the main symbol of the element Yang, and a carrier of many advantages. Male principle bird, Bird of Glory, meaning – vigilance, bravery, courage, foresight, and reliability. Rooster – the messenger of dawn, the sun and the symbol of spiritual rebirth. Rooster – the tenth symbolic animal of the Twelve Earthly Branches (Eastern Zodiac) and in the astrological sense – it corresponds to October, when in the ancient times in China made preparations for war.
In the work of Chinese contemporary artist working in the style of Guohua, Feng Yingjie roosters take honorable place. The image of the Rooster includes a number of different symbolic meanings reflected in the Chinese literature and philosophy.

White cock protects against spirits. Symbolic Rooster Chinese painting

White rooster protects against spirits. Symbolic Rooster Chinese painting

The ancients said: Rooster has five virtues:
1. Wears a crown on the head symbolizing scholarship.
2. Wears spurs on its legs – military valor.
3. When the enemy is in front of it, it is not afraid, and attacks – courage.
4. Seeing the food, calling the others (hens) – kindness and generosity.
5. Fulfill duty as a night guard, without missing hours (dawn) – belief.

Two fighting roosters mean the battle of life

Quote of Chuang Tzu:
Ji Xing Zi raised fighting cocks for the sovereign.
Ten days passed, and the emperor asked:
“Are roosters ready for a fight?”
– Not yet. It walks arrogantly, and then falls into a rage, – said Shin Ji-tzu.

It took another ten days, and the emperor again asked the same question.
– Not yet, – said Shin Ji-tzu. – It still falls into a rage from any shadow and every sound.

Another ten days passed, and the king asked again about the same.
– Not yet. He looks angry and tries to show the strength.

Ten days later, the emperor asked again about the same.
– Almost ready, – said, this time Ji Sin Tzu. –
Even if another rooster screams, it is not worried. If to look at him from a distance – as if carved out of wood. The life force in it has reached completion. Other roosters will not dare take challenge: as soon as they see it, they immediately turn and flee away.

Symbolic Rooster Chinese painting

The tenth symbolic animal of the Twelve Earthly Branches (Eastern Zodiac). Symbolic Rooster Chinese painting

According to legend, going to the Buddha, Rooster asked Dragon for his magnificent horns. So, the Rooster shouted: “Dragon Brother, give me horns,” which in fact, in Chinese means roughly – Cock-A-Doodle-Doo!

Symbolic Rooster Chinese painting

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