White tiger is often compared to the Dragon from Chinese four holy spirit animals. The tiger is the king of the beasts. It has abilities to create mighty legends and make the evil surrender. It often follows the Dragon, so they create legends together. This Sentence - "Clouds follow the Dragon, winds follow the tiger" - used to describe the relationship between the best partners. The white tiger is also the God of war and killing.
The white tiger helps us to prevent the evil things from happening, fix disasters, pray for a bumper harvest. It gives us the power to punish the evil people, and adore kind people. It have the ability to give power and wealth to those who deserves it. It also spreads happiness to lovers.
Since people in ancient China were getting more and more accustomed with the natural environment and the geographical surroundings, less and less new spirit animal legends appeared.
Once upon the time, our ancestors were so much into creating legendary animals. These animals appeared in all kinds of ancient literary and artistic works from different time periods, through the text or image of all kinds of paintings.
Maybe those animals already evolved, or already extinct, or even never actually existed in our world. But those exotic animals let us understand a little bit more about our ancestors.
We can understand more about their life and their way of thinking, we can see the sustenance they put in the souls of these spirit animals - The pursuit of desire for the “auspiciousness”.
Kylin, Phoenix, Xuanwu, Dragon or White Tiger, they are not the only spirit animals in ancient China. There are still a lot of spirit animals to be discovered.
In this article, I will describe a few of them, providing some texts and pictures. Maybe a few days later, they will become Steemit tattoo designs on【我是纹身师gogo】.
Before making an inventory for the spirit animals, let me first define what are these creatures.
First of all, in fact, they are still animals. But they are not ordinary animals. They are not Gods, demons, ghosts or monsters. But, they can cast magic in the world, they can bring faith to people.
1.毕方 Bi Fang
This bird is shaped like a crane, and has only one leg. It has green feathers with red spots and white beaks. It is called "Bi Fang" and it tweets like its name. When this bird starting to tweet, "Bi fang, Bi fang...", there starts a strange fire.
2.獙獙 Bi Bi
Bi Bi looks like a fox with a pair of wings. But these wings are too thin to bring it to the sky. Bi Bi makes sounds like a goose. When Bi Bi appears in a place, that means that the place definitely will go through a drought.
3.白泽 Bai Ze
Bai Ze is slowly becoming popular in China because of a Japanese anime, but actually there had been not much documented in ancient books about it. In the book 《云笈七签》, Bai Ze just been recorded by the behavior of telling all the details of the spirits which been becoming holy, not a single line of how it looks like or anything about it.
Bai Ze is just seen as a connection between human and all these legend animals. The stories about all 1520 legend animals which Bai Ze told to the Yellow Emperor have been wrote into the ancient book called 《白泽图》.
From 鬼灯の冷彻 Hoozuki no Reitetsu
4.长右 Chang You
This animal looks like a monkey with with four ears. It makes sounds of somebody groaning. Wherever they appear, the flood will follow.
5.重明鸟 Chong Ming Bird
This is an animal which looks like a chicken, but it quacks like the Phoenix. Chong Ming Bird has multiple pupils in its eyes.
It is a bird, but it has ability to fight with the beasts.
People used to make Chong Ming Bird with wood or metal, placing them in the portal. We believe the evil spirits are scared of Chong Ming Bird, even nowadays.
You thought these chicken sculptures in China are really just chickens? No, a lot of them are Chong Ming Bird.
Next time we will continue to introduce more of the spirit animals.
Legend animal tattoos in the China tattoo market is really popular, one of the most popular choice is the white tiger tattoo.
Since ancient times, most of the Chinese people are not satisfied with the present state of the world. I believe this is a basic human desire, everyone is different for the desired interpretation, such as believe that animal tattoos can bring luck. Like religion and philosophy can provide a reality beyond the pursuit of moral value, beyond the reality of the existence of Chinese in ancient literature. The animal has not been planning to become religious, but is recorded as a philosophy.
In the non objective law and objective information or in the perfect state of the human mind, which supposed to provide a high moral values beyond the real world experience, China ancient religious consciousness is not strong at all, but it is very strong in philosophical consciousness.
In Chinese philosophy, people are not worshiping God, but want to pursuit the holiness for themselves. To be saint, to feel themselves and the universe as one.
Same as how these normal animals become spirit animals. In all these legend animal stories, if they have the spiritual essence of life, if they work hard enough for their mind, they can become immortal.
The pattern of spirit animals expressed the visions above the spirit.
The animal, though, cannot become a legend or spirit after the founding of China. Marx doctrine also proposed that the world is a material world, the spirit is on the second level, the ghosts, gods and demons are just illusory imagination.
But using legend animal tattoo as the spiritual sustenance can really illustrates too much.
Annd today is International Tiger Day, It was created in 2010 at the Saint Petersburg Tiger Summit. Annnd this tiger tattoo is made on a special client in Saint Petersburg! ;)
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