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HAND SEALS GUIDE

Jutsu, or skills/techniques, are
the mystical arts a ninja will
utilize in battle. To perform a
jutsu, the ninja will manipulate
their chakra and may use some
form of hand seal. Some
techniques like Taijutsu do not
require hand seals, however the
ninja may use them to focus
their chakra to certain areas of
their body. Also some Ninjutsu
like Rasengan and various
weapon utilizations do not
require any hand seal use.
By forming hand seals, the ninja
is able to mold their chakra and
manifest the desired jutsu.
Because of the extensive
number of hand seals and
different combinations, there
are thousands of potential jutsu
to be discovered and used. The
hand seals themselves come
from the twelve signs of the
Chinese Zodiac. The appearance
of the seals stem from Hindu
and Buddhist iconography,
and are called "Mudra"
meaning "seal" or "sign" in
Sanskrit.
These hand gestures helped
identify the nature and function
of the deity who used them. Over
time the positions and traditions
changed as they were adopted
and moved from country to
country.
In addition to these hand seals,
certain jutsu have their own
unique hand and finger positions,
such as the gestures used in
Kage Bunshin, Shintenshin, etc..
Every ninja in the series save for
one has used both hands to
form seals. Haku used one-
handed seals in his Hyouton
bloodline limit techniques. It is
unknown if this was a skill unique
to the whole of the bloodline or
merely Haku himself. Note this is
different than the one handed
chakra focusing gesture one
sees a lot of ninja use.
Ne - Rat
Ne is the First sign of the Chinese zodiac, the Rat. It is associated with North and the month of November. Note: Rat is used in the Nara clan's shadow manipulation.

Ushi - Ox/Cow

Ushi is the Second sign of the Chinese zodiac, the Ox. It is associated with North-Northeast and the month of December.

Tora - Tiger
Tora is the Third sign of the Chinese zodiac, the Tiger. It is associated with East-Northeast and the month of January. Note: Tiger has been associated with Fire Element manipulation.

U - Rabbit/Hare
U is the Fourth sign of the Chinese zodiac, the Rabbit. It is associated with East and the month of February.

Tatsu - Dragon

Tatsu is the Fifth sign of the Chinese zodiac, the Dragon. It is associated with East-Southeast and the month of March.
Mi - Snake/Serpent

Mi is the Sixth sign of the Chinese
zodiac, the Snake. It is
associated with South-Southeast
and the month of April.
Note: Snake has been
associated with Earth Element
manipulation.

Uma - Horse

Uma is the Seventh sign of the
Chinese zodiac, the Horse. It is
associated with South and the
month of May.

Hitsuji - Ram

Hitsuji is the Eigth sign of the
Chinese zodiac, the Sheep. It is
associated with South-
Southwest and the month of
June.
Note: Ram has been officially
depicted in the manga as having
either the right thumb or index
finger extended upwards.

Saru - Monkey

Saru is the Ninth sign of the
Chinese zodiac, the Monkey. It is
associated with West-Southwest
and the month of July.

Tori - Bird

Tori is the Tenth sign of the
Chinese zodiac, the Rooster. It is
associated with West and the
month of August.

Inu - Dog

Inu is the Eleventh sign of the
Chinese zodiac, the Dog. It is
associated with West-Northwest
and the month of September.



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