Chinese Lore- A Selection of Mythical Fauna (2)

Ri Ji

Physical Description:

A normal cow

Special Properties:

Its meat (up to 2-3 Chinese pounds in weight) will grow back fully the day after being cut off with a knife.

Lore:

A species supposedly local to the area now known as the province of Gan Su


Dan Prawn

Physical Description:

A giant prawn as long as ten zhang (equivalent to 32m) and whose whiskers are as long as eight Chinese feet (equivalent to 2.56m). It is a pair of wings and its nose is like a saw.

Lore:

Ma Dan (someone’s name but I have no idea who this person is) had broken off one of its whiskers to use as a walking stick. When he abandoned the stick for flying, the whisker tuned into a round pill.

Translation Quirk:

The Dan character here can refer to a round pill that is often associated with magical/supernatural/divine properties or origins. Sometimes, it also a synonym for the colour red.


Bo Yi

Physical Description:

A goat with nine tails and four ears and whose eyes grow on its back.

Lore:

It is reputedly that wearing its hide or wool would make one courageous.


Guan Guan

Physical Description:

A dove-like bird.

Special Properties:

Its call sounds like humans yelling at each other. Wearing its feathers helps you tell right from wrong.

Published by moonlakeku

intermediate Chinese fantasy writer working on her debut series

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