Pixiu, Coming with Fortune
Pixiu (also called Tianlu or Bixie) is one of the five auspicious animals of traditional Chinese culture (the other four are the dragon, phoenix, turtle and kylin). The Chinese people call it 芒鈧揻ortune beast.芒鈧?This lion-looking beast has the head of dragon, the body of a horse and the legs of a kylin and is able to fly. The Pixiu is both ferocious and powerful so it works as a security guard of Heaven, resisting demons and ghosts. Just like the dragon and the kylin, the Pixiu brings happiness good luck for people and has an exorcising function. What is different from the kylin is that the Pixiu is a ferocious animal and has strong will in protecting its master. That is the very reason why many Chinese people wear jade Pixius.
The Pixiu has 26 figures and 49 incarnations. As Chinese mythology says, the Pixiu is the Dragon King芒鈧劉s ninth son. Gold, silver, jewels and all other treasures are the Pixiu芒鈧劉s staple food. That gives the Pixiu a noble temperament which helped it win the love of the Jade Emperor and the Dragon King. One day, maybe because it had eaten too much, it relieves its bowels in the Jade Emperor芒鈧劉s palace. The angry Emperor beat it and removed its anus. When news spread among the Chinese people, they regarded the Pixiu as an auspicious animal that can help in making fortunes.
Fengshui experts say that the Pixiu can protect homes, exorcise devils and raise fortune and power for the master. There is a saying that goes: 芒鈧搕ouch a Pixiu once and you will get a good luck, twice you and will get money and treasure, and the on third time you will get power and position.芒鈧?/P>
Usually there are three materials used in Pixiu sculpting: copper, wood and jade. Copper is a relatively cheap medal and looks like gold after polishing. Wood was used traditionally in sculpturing Pixiu figures on the joist of a big house to keep out bad luck. In recent years, various kinds of jade have been used in Pixiu sculpturing.
No matter from what material the Pixiu is made, it has almost the same power in raising fortunes. But traditionally, according to Fengshui experts, copper Pixius placed in the eight directions have the strongest power. One peculiarity of the Pixiu is that if the master has violated the law, it won芒鈧劉t work for him anymore.
There are some taboos in positioning Pixius indoors. First, don芒鈧劉t put its head towards the front door, because the front door is the precinct of another god. Second, don芒鈧劉t put it towards mirrors, because the light from the mirrors will make the Pixiu feel nervous. Third, don芒鈧劉t put it against your bed, because that is believed to do harm to yourself.
In Chinese mythology, the Dragon King has nine children: Qiuniu, Yazi, Chaofeng, Pulao, Suanni, Bixi, Bi芒鈧劉an, Fuxi and Pixiu. Dragons are believed to have supernatural power in changing weather and ruling the oceans and that is very naturally that its sons are all powerful. In Chinese people芒鈧劉s minds, dragons are a symbol of power and dignity, and that is also one reason why the Chinese call themselves 芒鈧揹escendants of the dragon.芒鈧?/P>