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Animals that Appear on Sword Fittings

Animals that Appear on Sword Fittings

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There are animals appearing on sword fittings, but some of them are hard to understand. Because they are not be found in the real world. There are some animals those are come from mythology.
In this article introducing several animals from Chinese and Japanese mythology.
handmadesword.com wholesale house are professional at swords.
There are animals appearing on sword fittings, but some of them are hard to understand. Because they are not be found in the real world. There are some animals those are come from mythology.
In this article introducing several animals from Chinese and Japanese mythology.
handmadesword.com wholesale house are professional at swords.

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Animals that Appear on Sword Fittings
By Handmadesword.com PR Dept.www.handmadesword.comThere are animals appearing on sword fittings, but some of them are hard tounderstand. Because they are not be found in the real world. There are someanimals those are come from mythology.
Animals from Chinese mythologyRYU or TATSU
(dragon)Dragon is very popular on sword fittings. Japanese dragons have no wings,but can fly. Dragon grows up in the water, then it fly out from the water to thesky as tornado. Some dragon has a dragon ball (HOSHU) that can realize anydream. Dragon ball can appear in his hand or on the neck belt or above hishead. Sometimes a dragon chases the ball. Usually the ball is not very round,it has a small summit on it.Mail has a sword-like tail.Blue dragon is a guardian for east.
SHISHI
(lion)Shishi is a lion, but it is not a real lion. We don't have living lion in Japan, sothe feature is a little different to the real lion. The most famous story aboutshishi is, mother shishi throws her children down to the valley and she growsup only the children who climb up from there.Shishi often appears with tree peony, that means king of beast and king of flower.
 
KIRIN
(unicorn)The feature is, dear-like body, cow-like tail, horse-like toe, and one horn onthe head. It is a symbol of good emperor.
SAI
(unicorn, rhinoceros?)Sai is a kind of unicorns. It looks like kirin, but the big difference is sai has ashell on his back.In old China, sometimes sai appears as rhinoceros. I wonder if the Sai inmythology is made from rhinoceros.
BAKU
(nightmare eater)The feature is elephant-like nose, cow-like tail, tiger-like feet, and bear-likebody. It cleans whicked wills.The nose of this menuki is not so long, but sometimes it can be longer likeelephant.
HO-O, SUZAKU
(phoenixes)There are several kinds of phoenixes. They are holly birds. It often appears onpaulownia tree.Red phoenix (SUZAKU) is a symbol of fire and guardian for south.
 
 
Animals from Japanese mythologyNUE
Nue has once appeared on the roof of imperial palace and been crying inmidnight. The emperor suffered it, and called a master of archery Yorimasa toshoot it down. He shot it well and killed. The feature of it was monkey-likeface, tiger-like feet, and snake tail.In truth, it might be imagined from an unknown bird crying in the night.
SHACHI
It is a king of fishes, having a tiger-like head and stings on the back, andspouts plenty of water from the mouth. The pose, head down and tail up, iscommon. Sometimes it is put on the roof to save fire accidents.One of the most famous shachi, the golden couple on the Nagoya castle.

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