Mythology Demystified

Chinese mythology contains a vast menagerie of sacred beasts, from which are derived a rich cultural heritage. Recorded in ancient Chinese classics such as “Huai Nan Zi” and “Shan Hai Jing” (or “The Classic of Mountains and Seas”), these beasts boast their own unique traits and powers. They can bless human beings with good fortune, cast spells or appear as omens for catastrophe. This column will offer readers insight into some of the most well-known mythical creatures and a delve into the fantasy world of ancient China.