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Rooster-themed exhibition in Changsha for New Year

Updated: 2017-01-25

 

In time for the Year of Rooster nears, Changsha Museum is hosting a cockerel-themed exhibition from Jan 22 to 26, attracting broods of visitors.

 

Gathering the resources of some 20 museums from around the country, Changsha Museum is curating more than 400 photographs of cultural relics related to roosters on its first floor.

 

Young visitors admire stories related to cultural rooster relics at Changsha Museum. [Photo/Changsha Evening News]

 

The exhibition fleshes-out the history of raising chickens, the cultural connotations and folk customs related to roosters.

 

Photographs of 20 cultural relics discovered during archeological excavations in Changsha make their debuts at the exhibition. They are said to date back to Eastern Han Dynasty (AD 25-220).

 

Photographs of rooster-shaped relics are exhibited on the first floor of Changsha Museum. [Photo/Changsha Evening News]

 

The rooster is the 10th Chinese zodiac in its 12-year cycle, the previous Year of the Rooster being in 2005. Roosters are said to be the epitome of fidelity and punctuality, as they served to awaken people for centuries before alarm clocks were invented. In some Chinese fairy tales, roosters are believed to be the symbol of a smooth career and mascot to exorcise evil spirits.

 

Source: Changsha Evening News