The Ki-Lin, also spelt Qilin, is a mythical Chinese creature said to appear in conjunction with the arrival of a sage, it is also thought to be a good omen that brings serenity and prosperity to which ever area it visits. The appearance of the Ki-Lin, even in a single country such as China, can vary greatly between regions. In the Ming dynasty of China, 1368 – 1644, the Ki-Lin is depicted as an ox hoofed animal with a dragon like head surmounted by a pair of horns and flame like head ornaments. In some representations the flames which come from the Ki-Lin’s mouth contain a book of Buddhist Sutras.
tagged as: Ki-Lin. Qilin. Chinese mythology.
posted on December 14, 2012