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Nine Sons of the Dragon – Suanni

Suanni is the 8th son of the dragon. He looks like the lion and some people even said that he was the alias of the lion.

He does not like moving but likes sitting and observing very much. Also, he is fond of smoke and fire. Therefore, his image can usually be found on top of incense burners and candle stands. Read the rest of this entry »

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Nine Sons of the Dragon – Yazi

Yazi is the seventh son of the dragon. He is the most impulsive and band-tempered. He is fond of wars and bloody killings, so his image always can be found on ancient weapons, such as knife hilts, battle axe, sword-hits, etc. In ancient times, it was regarded as the symbol of victory in wars and people believed that it could enhance the strength of soldiers.

In Chinese Fengshui, it is believed that displaying the Yazi at home facing the maindoor will help destroy the intention from your enemies, such as your business competitors who often fight with you.

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Nine Sons of the Dragon – Ba Xia

 

Ba Xia is the 6th son of the dragon. As he is very fond of water, he always lives in lakes and pools. It is believed that he is the king in the watery domain and controls floods and other kinds of water disasters. Therefore, his figure can be easily found on dykes, piers and bridges.

People also believe that it can bring auspicious luck to water. So placing his likeness near the water feature will be a good way to activate the wealth luck and ensure the safety for the water feature and the surrounding environments. Read the rest of this entry »

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Nine Sons of the Dragon – Taotie

Taotie is the 5th son of the dragon. Sometimes it looks like a wolf but sometimes it looks like a tiger. Ancient Chinese believed that it is very fond of eating.

Its image usually appears on the bronze vessels from the Shang (16th-11th century BC) and Zhou Dynasty (11th Century BC-221 BC). Some even believe that the design of its image can date back to Neolithic jades of the ancient Yangtze River Liangzhu culture (3310-2250 BCE).

There are different versions about the meaning of its image. Some people believe that it has the power to bring wealth. Its image can often be found on ancient tableware and vessels as it can ensure the continuous supply of abundance. Some people believe that it has something to do with the death and the afterworld as its image is commonly found on the vessels used for sacrifices. Some even believe that it guards the entrance to the afterworld.

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Nine Sons of the Dragon – Pulao

Pulao is the third son of the dragon. Compared with his brothers, he is smaller in size. He lives on the beach and fears the whale most. He always makes loud voice whenever he’s attacked by a whale. As he can make loud voice, he is the dragon that is most often carved onto temple bells, drums and musical instruments that produce loud sounds.

Pulao first appeared in Chinese literature during the Tang Dynasty (618–907). During the Ming Dynasty (1368–1644), it was in the influential list of fantastic creatures which appeared in architecture and applied art.

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