This delicate and refreshing tea is a blend of green tea, lotus, bamboo, and jasmine.
The Kirin, or qilin (Chinese: 麒麟) is a legendary hooved chimerical creature that appears in Chinese mythology, and is said to appear with the imminent arrival or passing of a sage or illustrious ruler. Kirin are a specific type of the lin mythological family of one-horned beasts. The Kirin also appears in the mythologies of other cultures, such as Japanese and Korean mythology.
Kirin generally have Chinese dragon-like features with similar heads with antlers and manes that always flow upward. The body is fully or partially scaled and often shaped like an ox, deer, or horse. They are always shown with cloven hooves. While dragons in China are also most commonly depicted as golden, Kirin may be of any color or even various colors, and can be depicted as bejeweled or exhibiting a jewel-like brilliance. Common color choices for depictions are often associated with the elements, precious metals, stars, and/or gemstones.
The Kirin is depicted throughout a wide range of Chinese art, sometimes with parts of their bodies on fire. On occasion, they will have feathery features, decorations, or fluffy, curly tufts of hair. It is said their voice sounds like the tinkling of bells, chimes, and the wind.
Janhunen, J. (2011). Unicorn, Mammoth, Whale: mythological and etymological connections of zoonyms in North and East Asia. Linguistics, Archaeology and the Human Past, Occasional Paper, 12, 189–222.
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