THE STORY OF PIXIU
Pixiu (貔貅) aka Tian Lu (天禄), is an ancient Chinese mythical creature that resembles a majestic winged lion with two large fangs and the antlers of a Chinese dragon. One story of the Pixiu says that he is one of the 9 Sons of the Dragon King, an extremely auspicious and powerful celestial creature believed to travel throughout the heavens and the earth. Pixiu wards off evil spirits and possesses an affinity for gold and silver, often depicted with gold in its mouth. Pixiu is a powerful protector in Feng Shui. In Ancient China, Pixiu is known as the Emperor’s Treasure (帝宝) from its role in guarding the fortunes of the Emperors. Enshrined as the guardian of the fortunes, Pixiu can be found on the four corners of the roofs of houses, palaces and especially the Halls of the Chinese Emperor.
MYTH ABOUT PIXIU’S DIET
It was said that Pixiu once violated a law of Heaven. It soiled the floor of Heaven and was punished by the Jade Emperor. The furious Jade Emperor spanked the Pixiu so hard that it caused its rear end to be permanently sealed. The Jade Emperor further declared that the diet of the Pixiu would be restricted to gold, silver and jewels. This is why Pixiu eats gold, silver and jewels but cannot discharge it. This is one of the origins of Pixiu statues as a symbol of the acquisition and preservation of wealth. （只进不出、招财不漏）
Traditionally to the Chinese, Pixiu has always been regarded as an auspicious creature with mystical powers capable of drawing Wealth (Cai-Qi; 財氣) from all directions. Pixiu is also considered as a protector (辟邪) warding off evil spirits. It has the ability to aid anyone who is going through some troubles from bad Feng Shui (in their particular year) due to have offended the Grand Duke Jupiter also known as Tai Sui (太岁).
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