The Study of Kylin Carrying a Son
Publisher: Shandong Fine Arts Publishing House Co. Ltd.
Time of Publication:June, 2008
Number of Pages:196
Brief Introduction:The Study of Kylin Carrying a Son
In traditional Chinese folk tales, Kylin is the benevolent animal, with the head of a dragon, the antlers of a deer, the skin and scales of
a fish and the tail of an ox. It is a good omen that brings “rui” (roughly translated as "serenity" or "prosperity") and the image of Kylin carrying a son often appears in traditional Chinese culture. The first half of the book is the study of the origin of Kylin and its relationship with The Book of Odes. It proves that the frequent appearance of this animal in Chinese history is closely associated with the spread of Confucian thoughts. Benevolence is one of
the essential values of Confucian school. Therefore, Kylin, the benevolent animal, is created. Then, the image of Kylin carrying a son is discussed. The love of this image can be backed by the clan culture in China. In sum, Kylin and the image of Kylin carring a son.
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