- Millenia ago in some places in China kids were taught the universe was made of up 5 elements
Their lessons were aided by associating corresponding animals 1
- around 1608 in England, a playwright called Shakespeare wrote 2
[man to his infant son]Thou hast as chiding a nativity
As fire, air, water, earth, and heaven can make,
To herald thee from the womb
(From Pericles, Prince of Tyre.
They are in peril in a storm on the open seas,
and the infant's mother has just died.)
- Just recently in Orlando, Florida children were taken to the following ceremony:
Pretend that the break-dancing means something. Pretend that when the legs kick a cycle is passed. Maybe the left legs create the classic Chinese 'generating' cycle!
earth + bares + metal + collects + water + nourishes + wood + feeds + fire + creates + earth
Bear + bares + Shark + collects + Turtle + nourishes + Alligator + feeds + Tiger + creates + Bearand maybe the other leg is the 'overcoming' cycle
wood + parts + earth + absorbs + water + quenches + fire + melts + metal + chops + woodNeither the animals nor the order match exactly.