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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 prouncing 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.
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 .