'In the times of the Tang and Yu,
when the qilin and the feng huang appeared (among men).
What do they foretell (seek)?
Oh qilin! Oh Qilin! My heart weakened (saddened).’
Qilin (麒麟) is a chimeric mythological creature that is said to announce the birth or passing of emperors, wise men, or other important rulers. Mistakenly called the ‘Chinese Unicorn’, the Qilin brings rui (瑞), or prosperity upon it’s arrival and is said to be a gentle creature, so much so that it walks on water and would not break a blade of grass. Sometimes the Qilin is considered a hermaphrodite, embodying both male and female energies, but some depictions ascribe to a one-horned Qilin being male, and a two-horned being female.
Part 3 of the Chinese Mythology Series. Next up and final: Pixiu
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