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Ki-Lin, The Chinese Unicorn


A mythical being of Chinese mythology, comparable with the western unicorn. Ki-lin personifies all that is good, pure, and peaceful. It symbolizes wisdom, justice and rectitude. It appears before the birth or death of a sage and is a creature of great stature and respect. It has such care for living things it will not step on a blade of grass or hurt even the lowliest insect or creature. Appearances could also indicate the benevolence of living emperors. A Ki-Lin has a single horn on its forehead, a yellow belly, a multicolored back, a horse's hooves, a deer's body, and an ox's tail. Legend has it that a Ki-Lin appeared to the pregnant mother of Confucius.