Crystal Mythical Creatures, Set of 5, Dragon, Vermillion Bird, Qilin, Tiger, Tortoise (Dark set)
Five elements: Wood, fire, earth, metal, and water.
Five directions: Dragon of the East, Tiger of the West, Phoenix of the South, Xuanwu of the North, and Qilin of the Center.
Azure Dragon represents the element wood, the eastern direction, the spring season, and the ability to readily grasp the overall situation.
White Tiger represents the element gold, the western direction, and autumn. This mythical creature also functions as a virtuous god of war who supports the righteous and punishes the wicked, and who bestows a variety of blessings, including safety, wealth, and conjugal bliss.
Vermillion Bird represents the element fire, the southern direction, and summer, and is popularly associated with Fenghuang (Phoenix), which was born in a south-facing valley at the South Pole, and symbolizes talent and lofty aspirations. Vermillion Bird is said to bring peace, progeny, and prosperity.
Black Tortoise is a mythical figure consisting of a turtle entwined by a serpent. Also known as Black Warrior, this auspicious creature represents the element water, the northern direction, winter, health, and longevity.
The Qilin represents the element earth and the central position, and is frequently depicted in yellow; hence it is also known as the Golden Qilin. The lifespan of this mythical creature is said to be two thousand years. The male is called qi, and the female lin; both are a composite of a deer, horse, cow, and fish. The Qilin is noted for its gentle disposition, and is so benevolent that it carefully avoids treading on greenery of any kind. A traditional symbol of prosperity, the Qilin is said to bring bumper crops and progeny.
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