Students research animals on Chinese zodiac wheel based on their sign, and propose specific menus. Students forage campus to taste food. Discussion of complexity of animals in food chain and in laboratory experiments. Study based on decade-long collaboration between media artist/instructor and neuroscientist Siddharth Ramakrishnan.
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In the last meeting, we discussed the relationship between the rabbit and the moon. The moon does have a weird imprint on it that does look like a rabbit, but we also talked about the Jade Rabbit. The story goes that the jade emperor, an important figure in Chinese mythology, turned himself into a starving old man and begged for food from different animals.
In our last class, we discussed 3 animals on the zodiac, the rabbit, dragon, and snake. In this blog post I am going to be focusing on the dragon, as it's the animal that interests me the most. I thought dragons were the coolest animals in the world, and the coolest people I knew were born in the year of the dragon.
The Rabbit, Dragon, and Snake are the next three Chinese Zodiac animals we will be further examining..
As an art history major, the scientific aspects that we discussed during our last meeting were very interesting, but also quite obscure and new to me. I found it fascinating that despite all our differences, all humans and animals are much more alike than one may think—given that our bodies are all structured according to the same set of hox genes.
Although I am the year of the horse, for this blog I am going to focus on the Sheep. In the article we read for this week's class, there was a segment about the relationship between animals and humans in special regards to a farming situation. There was a quote that struck me which was, "The were subjected and worshiped, bred and sacrificed." As someone who has no farm experience and only knows animals through the lense of observing them in nature or as pets and who only knows food through the lense of going to a grocery store or farmers mar
Rabbits, Dragons, and Snake
Before I start, I must let you know that this blog is luck-themed.
I was reading about how the Chinese zodiac animals were sequenced. When the Jade Emperor decided he wanted twelve animals to be his guards, he set up a race to his Heavenly Gate. The order the animals arrived would represent their ranking. It was no surprise to me that the rabbit would be arrogant about his speed and considering the rabbit was making fun of the ox for being slow, the rabbit got his comeuppance for finishing after the ox.
Moving on to the next three animals on the HOXZODIAC wheel, we begin with the rabbit. In Chinese culture, the rabbit represents the moon, some say because the shadows of the moon resemble a rabbit. Others say it’s because of the rabbit’s pure characteristics. This is not to mention that in Western Culture, the rabbit’s foot is considered lucky. Rabbits are earnest with everything they do; they just ask that others treat them the same way.
Hi my name is Yimin Gu, I was born in the year of the dogs. I am a biochemistry major undergrad. Glad to meet you guys in the meeting yesterday! It's an interesting mixture of mythology and fun facts.
Hi, My name is Arta. I have recently transferred from community college, and my major is Physiology. I am very excited to be part of this class because I like myth. The first session of the class made me even more interested. Relating people with a year and month they have borne in with the animals, and comparing the characteristic of the animal with the behavior of the people was very interesting for me.