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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

QIILIN (QQ, THIS LANTERN IS FOR YOU!)

What do you do with your leftover glass bottles?  You could construct a giant Qilin using 13,000 of Chinese medicine bottles to built one these mythical creatures.  For this lantern, a total of 40,000 colorful bottles were pieced together to create the Qilins and the giant vase with the crystal ball on top.
Qilins are rare creatures composed of different animal forms, some real and some mythical.  They look fierce, but they are peaceful creatures that can walk on grass without harming it and can even walk on water.  Qilins are said to appear in areas ruled by wise and kind leaders.  (Do you know individuals that could be considered wise and kind leaders?)   Although normally gentle, they are quick to defend the righteous against evil by spouting flames from their mouths, making them symbols of protection, success and longevity.
QQ, this lantern is for you!

1 comment:

Linus Ly said...

That's cool! In Viet Nam, the qilin is the animal represented in the New Year dance. In the U.S., it got nudged out of the way by the lion.

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