Four seasons, four god beasts. In Chinese legend, the four god beasts are the Bluegreen Dragon, the White Tiger, the Fire Bird and the Black Turtle. These mighty forces of nature shape all life on planet Earth. They spring from ancient legends and astronomy.
The Fire Bird brings warmth in the summer, whilst the changing autumn is the time of the White Tiger. The frozen winter is ruled by the Black Turtle until the Green Dragon ushers in new life in spring.
At the same time, the Four God Beasts take charge of East, West, South and North respectively.
In this winter season watch out for more intriguing Chinese stories…
(Images: Four God Beasts lanterns, Giant Lanterns of China, Edinburgh Zoo)