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Year of the Snake - Korea

Year of the Snake – Korea

The year 2013 is the year of the snake, begins on February 10th. People born in the Year of the Snake are reputed to be thoughtful and wise and to approach problems rationally and logically, seldom instinctively.

year of Snake is meant for steady progress and attention to detail. Focus and discipline will be necessary for you to achieve what you set out to create. The Snake is the sixth sign of the Chinese Zodiac, which consists of 12 Animal Signs.

From ancient times, the perception of the snake has been ambivalent. On the one hand, the snake has been admired as a clean, wise animal with a tenacious hold on life. On the other hand, the snake has been shunned as a gross and vicious animal.

In an agricultural society, the snake, due to its characteristics of giving birth to a lot of eggs, has been the symbol of fecundity and thus considered a harbinger of abundance and wealth.

The snake has been seen as the guardian of the souls of the dead and of the afterlife. It has also been regarded as the symbol of an immortal being that enjoys eternal life.

This is the reason the “Hyeonmu” (the turtle snake, a mythical beast regarded as the guardian of the northern sky) shown in the mural of ancient graves has been considered sanctified. It is hoped that the year 2013 will be a year of abundance and health, just like the snake, the symbol of prosperity and immortality.

Title: Year of the Snake – Korea
Date of Issue: 3 December 2012
Country: South Korea
Denominations: 270 won

Source: http://www.koreapost.go.kr

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