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What are Nians? o.o

Post by WolfieStar on 9th August 2010, 1:59 am

Are they wolves?

Lions?

What?

o.o


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Post by swim2live on 9th August 2010, 4:56 am

I thought they looked more like lions. Like the ones you see in front of fancy chinese restaurants. I don't think they're any sort of defineable animals.

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Post by WolfieStar on 9th August 2010, 5:19 am

THEY ARE YOUR DREAMS

lol thanks Marcie.


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Post by swim2live on 9th August 2010, 5:21 am

YES STAR! I DREAM ABOUT NIANS!!!! THEY ARE BEAUTIFUL CREATURES!!!

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Post by WolfieStar on 9th August 2010, 5:30 am

I KNOOOOW

it makes me wonder what would happen if Gary and Jake ate that dog food from Night of the Nian....lawl XD


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Post by swim2live on 9th August 2010, 5:31 am

They'd turn into their wolves selves and be like ".....oookaaayyy??"

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Post by DragonWarriorClaire34 on 9th August 2010, 4:27 pm

Nians do remind me of the lion dog statues I saw in China. It could be that?
They can be a lion, dog, wolf, tiger, generally any animal in the "dog-like" (claws, teeth, superiority-complex) family.....

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Post by ThaliaAnderson on 9th August 2010, 6:25 pm

Just what I found off wikipedia:

"In Chinese mythology, a Nian (simplified Chinese: 年兽; traditional Chinese: 年獸; pinyin: nián shòu) is a beast that lives under the sea or in the mountains. Once each spring, on or around Chinese New Year, it comes out of hiding to attack people, especially children. The Nian is sensitive to loud noises and is afraid of the color red. The Chinese Lion Dance is known to have originated from the legend of the Nian. The tradition began when a Nian attacked a village. After the attack, the villagers discussed how to make the Nian leave them alone. Eventually they came up with a plan where drums, plates and empty bowls were hit and firecrackers were thrown, causing loud banging sounds that would scare off the Nian. This scared the Nian, and since that time, the Nian has not appeared in the village again. The Nian is still believed to exist, but that it is scattered about the jungle and mountains, never to appear in front of a human again."

Southern style, in the fashion of a unicorn, a lion or an ox.

A Ming Dynasty style Nian.

...So...a combination of a unicorn, a lion, and an ox it seems. XD
So, Claire, you're right. The latter picture of a Nian is located in China at the Ming Dynasty Tombs, somewhere along the Sacred Walk.

Hope this was helpful. (:

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OH. And just for the record, I know how to read pinyin now! Don't know if I'll ever be able to read traditional, or even simplified Chinese, but with pinyin, I'm halfway there!

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Post by DragonWarriorClaire34 on 9th August 2010, 6:44 pm

Nice! I want to learn how to read Chinese as well, that could help me. XD

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Post by WolfieStar on 9th August 2010, 6:46 pm

XD thanks so much Thalia, I was just looking for any wild guesses XD

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