Kirin

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A Kirin (麒麟; Simplified Chinese: 麒麟, Traditional Chinese: 麒麟/騏驎; pinyin: qílín) is a mythical Chinese creature that is well known throughout East Asian cultures. They are never late for anything and they are considered to be wise, careful creatures. The pattern on their body is depicted to be fire. They are often incorrectly defined as a unicorn and are more closer to a chimera like the Nue.

In Japan, the term is most commonly used for the animal known as a giraffe which resembles the same creature and was mistaken as such when it was first brought to China where the Japanese borrowed the kanji from.

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See Also

  • Wikipedia entry for Kirin