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legendary monster, usually represented as a fire-breathing winged serpent or lizard, with crested head and large claws.
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Dragon's Nine Sons
According to legend the Dragon had nine sons, and each had a strong personality. There is no general agreement as to what the Dragon's sons are called. However, to most people, they are:
A reckless and adventuous dragon whose image can be found decorating the eaves of palaces.
Valiant and bellicose; his image is seen on sword-hilts and knife hilts.
Chiwen likes to gaze into the distance and his appearance is often carved on pinnacles.
Baxia is a good swimmer and his image decorates many bridge piers and archways.
Pulao is fond of roaring and his figure is carved on bells.
Bixi is an excellent pack-animal whose image appears on panniers.
Qiuniu loves music and his figure is a common decoration on the bridge of stringed musical instruments.
Suanmi is fond of smoke and fire; his likeness can be seen on the legs of incense-burners.
Jiaotu is as tight-lipped as a mussel or a snail. His image is carved on doors.
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