Wild Boar In Chinese Culture

Year of the Pig

The boar is the last of twelve signs in the Chinese zodiac. Those who are born under this symbol are often attributed with certain human characteristics, which were derived through historical Chinese observations of the wild boar. Boars are believed to be self-reliant, determined, sociable, honest, diligent, and trustworthy. In nature, the wild boar is a symbol of the wealth that the forest provides. The boars' lair is located in wooded hills, where it occasionally emerges and descends to plunder the fertile fields below 1.


  • 1 - Williams, Charles Alfred Speed. Chinese symbolism and art motifs: a comprehensive handbook on symbolism in Chinese art through the ages. North Clarendon, VT: Tuttle Publishing, 2006. <link>