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58 dragon who is fond of music and decorates the bridge of stringed instruments, or Fuxi, who loves literature and is carved on the sides of inscribed stone tablets. Gongfu, the sixth son, likes to be in water. His dragons head is found on bridges. Yazi, the seventh son, loves fighting and is found on sword and knife hilts and battle axes. Suanmi, the eighth son, looks like a lion and is fond of smoke and fire. He is guards the main door and is often found on incense burners. Jiaotu, the youngest son, looks like a conch or clam and is tightlipped, and does not like to be disturbed. He appears on the front door, the door knocker or the doorstep. There are also two inferior, malevolent rare for Chinese dragons and hornless dragon species, the jiao and the li. The jiao are female dragons and the li are yellow jiao. NiNe ClassiCal DragoN Types Chinese dragons are thought of as male, or yang , and are generally benevolent, holy and auspicious. Tianlong, The Celestial Dragon Shenlong, the Spiritual Dragon Fucanglong, the Dragon of Hidden Treasures Dilong, the Underground Dragon Yinglong, the Winged Dragon Jiaolong, the Horned Dragon Panlong, the Coiling Dragon lives in water Huanglong, Yellow Dragon, emerged from the River Luo to show Fuxi how to write Dragon King, one for each of the four directions DragoN ChilDreN normally nine, but more are known, found in architectural and monumental decorations Baxia, sometimes Bixi, Genbu in Japan, the first son, looks like a giant tortoise. He represents the element of rock and earth, is very strong and is often found as the carved stone base of monumental tablets. Chiwen the phoenix Suzaku in Japan, the second son, is a dragon who can see a long way and generally decorates the corners of rooftops. Sometimes called Chaofeng, while Chiwen becomes the RidgeSwallowing beast, who rules rainfall and safeguards buildings from fire. Pulao Seiryuu in Japan, the third son, resembles a small blue dragon. He represents the elements of water and wind, likes to roar and is always found on musical instruments and bells. Bian Byakko in Japan, the fourth son, looks like a white tiger. Incredibly powerful, he tells good from bad and is found at court and on prison doors. He represents the metal element. Taotie, the fifth son, loves eating and is found on food related wares. He is often swapped for Qiuniu, a B e n c h E n d f r o m C r o w c o m b e C h u r c h , U K . appendIx chInese dragons
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