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    Posted 10 years ago

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    a creature that looks like a howling dragon but upside down it is showing hooves also weird is that his neck is twisted and he has got scales but also a hairy tail and flames try to devour him

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    1. Micmac, 10 years ago
      That's an unusual but nice little thing.
    2. artislove artislove, 10 years ago
      thanks micmac!
    3. artislove artislove, 10 years ago
      many thanks booknookrat and toolate2!!
    4. artislove artislove, 10 years ago
      zooming in on these is also big fun (just discovered feature lol) when you think these are only a couple of centimeters big ...many thanks moonstone lover and bellin !!!
    5. cogito cogito, 9 years ago
      The creature is a Kirin.
    6. artislove artislove, 8 years ago
      many thanks tom61375 cogito,nldionne and moonstoneloverrr!!!
    7. artislove artislove, 6 years ago
      thanx micmac!
    8. apostata apostata, 8 months ago
      somewhere this most be good , this is a theme what is used by tomatada , but it ain,t tomatada, but it could be real EDO period , it got staining and sumi ,

      so this has to go to an expert
    9. apostata apostata, 8 months ago
      One of the rarest, most awesome, and most powerful creatures ever known in East Asia is the unicorn-like kirin. It is a regal animal, holy and highly revered, and often considered a god in its own right. The kirin is a chimerical beast resembling a deer with scales like a dragon’s covering its body. It has a tail like an ox’s and a flowing mane. Its body and mane are covered in brilliant holy fire. Its face is the picture of utter serenity.

      A gentle animal, the kirin never eats the flesh of other beings, and it takes great care never to tread on any living thing, even lowly insects. When it walks, it does so without trampling a single blade of grass. Its beauty is only surpassed by its rarity; kirin only appear during periods of world peace, during the reigns of noble and enlightened rulers, in lands owned by wise and benevolent people, or as heralds of a golden age. Kirin never harm good and pure souls, but they are swift and fierce to attack if threatened, breathing holy fire from their mouths.

      Because kirin are beasts of purity and goodness, they have been used in carvings and paintings as symbols of these virtues since early times. They are also seen as symbols of justice and wisdom. Because of their holiness, images of kirin frequently adorn temples and shrines. They are omens of great luck and fortune, and the appearance of a kirin is often believed to be a sign of the arrival of a great leader or a wise man.

      Kirin were originally introduced to Japan via Chinese myths and legend, where they are known as qilin. Over time, the Chinese and Japanese version diverged into slightly different creatures. In Japan, the kirin is considered to be the most powerful and sacred beast of all, surpassing the h?-? and tatsu in power.

      The giraffe is also called kirin in Japanese, named for the traits it shares with the holy kirin. Its long legs, scale-like pattern, gentle nature, and the knobs on its head must have reminded the first Japanese to see a giraffe of this most sacred of beasts.

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