Bixie: The Emblem of Nanjing

By Min-Chia Young.

Published by The International Journal of Literary Humanities

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During the Chinese Imperial period, Bixie was endowed with various mysterious powers said to be able to repel demons, condemn crimes, or even carry the dead to the heavenly wonderland, and was frequently rendered in imperial temples, public infrastructure, and mortuary art. In the Chinese myths and legends, this untamed animal even challenged the imperial dragon’s authority, confronted the tiger’s credibility, and defied the mandate of heaven. This article aims to examine how this unruly beast was edified, trained and turned into a cultural symbol, and eventually became the emblem of Nanjing.

Keywords: Nanjing, Lion, Bixie, Culture, History

The International Journal of Literary Humanities, Volume 11, Issue 1, pp.41-49. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 788.931KB).

Dr. Min-Chia Young

Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Applied Design, Interior Design Department, Shu-Te University, Kaohsiung, Taiwan

Trained in California State University, Sacramento as an interior designer, Min-Chia was previously a practicing interior designer and an instructor in a Graphic Design College in Taiwan. He further pursued his academic career by studying at the University of New South Wales, Australia, and completed his Ph.D. degree in 2009. He is now working at Shu-Te University, Taiwan, as Assistant Professor at the Graduate School of Applied Arts and Design.