Dragon and Phoenix
Whether because of its ancient study of the heavens or because of its pictorial weiting system,
Chinese culture is particularly rich in zymology. From auspicious numbers to lucky animals,
symbols of good fortune are found in every aspect of Chinese life.
Chinese lucky images generally fall into four categories:calendar/number/writing, animale/foods,
objects which channel or direct energy, and sympathetic magic. Some images are associated
with good fortune due to their corresponding mythological, some numbers and objects have
cometo be considered lucky because either the written character or the item’s pronunciation
is similar to words such as health or prosperity.
Chinese emperors think they are the real dragons and the sons of the heaven. Thus the beds
they sleep on are called dragon beds, the throne called dragon seat, and the emperor’s
ceremonial dresses called the dragon robes. Also dragons can be seen on the buildings in
the imperial palace. Dragon screens are an important part of this dragon culture. The dragon
is a symbol of imperial power.
Traditionally the dragons are considered as the governors of rain falls in Chinese culture.
They have the power to decide where and when to have rain falls. The kings of the water
dragons live in the dragon palaces under the oceans.
Phoenix （凤凰fèng huáng）
In ancient China ,the dragon was regarded as symbol of the ruler, while the phoenix was
regarded an embodiment of his mate. The forms of the gradually into images associated with
the court, representing imperial nobility.
Chinese people are inclined to believe when both the dragon and phoenix present simultaneously,
there will be good luck and happiness in the world.Besides dragon and phoenix, there are many
gods worshiped in China, especially during traditional festivals. Though Chinese have the
traditions of worshiping many gods and most people usually follow the traditions, religions have
never been as deeply rooted in Chinese as those in many other countries. The Chinese people
are more practical in philosophy or gods, so different gods are invited for different occasions.
Thus, for Chinese people “A god in need is a god indeed”. No matter how things happened in the
past, people can always find a story proving its inevitability of being there. The presentation of the
God of Wealth, God of Gate an God of Kitchen all serve this purpose.
If you wanna know more Chinese fairy tales, you can come to Chinese Mandarin training School
in Qingdao, learning Chinese and listening Chinese fairy tales.