Dragon's Nine Sons
According to legend the Dragon had nine sons, and each had a strong
personality. There is no general agreement as to what the Dragon's
sons are called. However, to most people, they are:
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A reckless and adventuous dragon whose image can be found
decorating the eaves of palaces.
Valiant and bellicose; his image is seen on sword-hilts and knife hilts.
Chiwen likes to gaze into the distance and his appearance
is often carved on pinnacles.
Baxia is a good swimmer and his image decorates many
bridge piers and archways.
Pulao is fond of roaring and his figure is carved on bells.
Bixi is an excellent pack-animal whose image appears on panniers.
Qiuniu loves music and his figure is a common decoration on the bridge of
stringed musical instruments.
Suanmi is fond of smoke and fire; his likeness can be seen on the legs of
Jiaotu is as tight-lipped as a mussel or a snail. His image
is carved on doors.