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Zhangxian shooting peddle at a tiangou

The tiāngoǔ or tien kou (Wade-Giles:T'ien kou; 天狗; "celestial dog") is a legendary creature from China.

Chinese literature assigns this creature a variety of descriptions, but most often it is a fierce and anthropophageous canine monster that resembles a shooting star or comet.

One plausible theory is that the Chinese derived its name from a destructive meteor that hit China sometime in the 6th century BC.

The tiangou makes a noise like thunder and brings war wherever it falls. One account from the Shù Yì Jì (述異記, "A Collection of Bizarre Stories"), written in 1791, describes a dog-like tiangou with a sharp beak and an upright posture, but usually tiangou bear little resemblance to their Japanese counterparts. However, it is admitted that it gave its name to the tengu of Japan.


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