The Diurnal Cycle and Chinese Hours

Long ago in a distant land, I, Aku… wait… let me start over.

Long ago in China, the diurnal cycle of day, dusk, night, and dawn was divided into twelve two-hour hours and each hour was named after an animal in the Chinese Zodiac. The Hour of the Rat was from 11 P.M. to 1 A.M., and so on. These animals were also assigned directions: Rat being North, Ox being NNE, etc. Many are familiar with the animals having “years”, so if you were born in a certain animal’s year, you might have certain attributes. These twelve animals are certainly multi-purpose!

Further Reading:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diurnal_cycle

https://simple.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinese_Zodiac

https://www.thoughtco.com/chinese-zodiac-in-mandarin-2278416

https://equivalentexchange.blog/2014/11/10/the-diurnal-cycle/

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