The Chinese Book of Animal Powers

The Chinese Book of Animal Powers

by Chungliang Al Al Huang


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For thousands of years, the Chinese have believed that each of us is born with the characteristics and powers of a member of the animal kingdom, depending on the month and year of our birth. Now readers of all ages can discover for themselves the fun and wisdom of this age-old Chinese tradition in this exquisite book by celebrated author and artist Chungliang Al Huang.
Find out which animal powers you were born with and which powers your friends and family possess. Discover how to absorb and adapt other animal powers into your own. Have fun pronouncing Chinese names with sounds that date back to ancient times. Feel each animal's graceful movements by tracing elegant brush calligraphy.
With a full-page spread devoted to each animal, a glossary of movement and art, and an easy-to-use year and month chart, The Chinese Book of Animal Powers is a unique introduction to the Chinese Zodiac by an expert teacher and philosopher.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781848190665
Publisher: Kingsley, Jessica Publishers
Publication date: 05/15/2011
Pages: 32
Product dimensions: 10.10(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Chungliang Al Huang is the founder of the Living Tao Foundation, an international cultural-arts network for lifelong learning, and he is also director of the Lan Ting Institute, a cross-cultural study and conference centre at the sacred and historic Wu Yi mountain in China, and at Gold Beach on the southern Oregon Coast in the USA. An extremely well-known Chinese Master, he grew up in China steeped in the studies of the classics. fine and martial arts. He came to the USA as a student in 1955 to become an architect and performing artist and began building bridges in East/West cultural synthesis, teaching at all the Human Potential Centers around the world, including Esalen Institute and Omega Institute in the USA; and Findhorn and Dartington Hall in the UK. He has written many classic books including Quantum Soup: Fortune Cookies in Crisis, Embrace Tiger, Return to Mountain, and Essential Tai Ji, all of which are now brought back into print by Singing Dragon. He has collaborated with Joseph Campbell, John Blofeld and Huston Smith, and is also co-author with Alan W. Watts of "Tao : The Watercourse Way" and with Dr. Jerry Lynch of "Thinking Body, Dancing Mind".

Table of Contents

Introduction. 1. Tswoo. 2. Neeoh. 3. Whoo. 4.Twoo. 5. Lohng. 6. Shurr. 7. Maah. 8. Yaang. 9. Hoh. 10. Jee. 11. Goh. 12. Joo. 13. Dancing Glossary.

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The Chinese Book of Animal Powers 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Kimberly.Danielle on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Are you an easy-going person? Have you ever been described as sassy? If you were to ask a friend to describe you, would they say you are hardworking and dependable or extremely curious? All of these adjectives are associated with your animal power. That's right. Your animal power. According to Chinese folklore, each year and month of your birth corresponds with two animal characteristics that influence our personalities and the way we do things. This is known as our animal chi. The author illustrates the animal, the Chinese characters, and the story behind each animal's chi. At the end of the book, the reader can locate his or her birth month and birth year to discover which animals' chi is associated with the birth month and birth year.
enbrown504 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Huangs book summarizes the symbolism of the Chinese mythological animal images. The book is focused on a very particular topic but is not very detailed. Even the background information on the origin and meaning of these images and their powers is quite short. The information on each animal symbol is as vague as it is limited. Although their are some interesting characterizations and implications, they leave much to be desired in terms of understanding the real essence of this mythology. The book is probably geared toward an elementary level. It is organized into 12 sections, one for each animal or month with an introduction and glossary. The illustrations include calligraphy style impressions of the animals and their Chinese symbols which add to the book but are not incredibly impressive.
Alexandra1600 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Children will love reading the calligraphy and wisdom of this Chinese year and month chart.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a book worth owning! Beautifully written and illustrated by a joyous man in a fashion of simplicity, yet holds profound depth.....I learn something new with each reading. Many readings, many, "Ah-Ha" moments! Al Huang is truly a master! Young and old will enjoy his style of writing, the non-judgmental description of each animal's qualities and his free-flowing artistry. Each stroke embodies the animal, making them come to life on the page. I highly recommend this, as well as Chungliang Al Huang's other books..