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Celadon lion-shapit Bixie (Cheenese: 辟邪), Wastren Jin period, 265-317 CE.
Cheenese statue o a Bixie.

A Bixie (Cheenese: 辟邪; pinyin: bìxié, Japanese: 辟邪, へきじゃ, Hekija), is a teep o lion-like meethological Cheenese creatur, or chimera. It is considered as an exorcisin animal (辟邪 leeterally means "Avoid Evil") an is uisually hornless.[1][2]

The Bixie can hae a pair o wings, which maks it rather similar tae the Tianlu (Chinese:天禄, Japanese: 天禄, てんろく, Tenroku) in follaein early Cheenese sculptural tradeetions o winged celestial beasts.[1]

The Bixie mey hae been an adoption frae Mesopotamie airt, through Persie an Bactrie, as a consequence o extensive trade relations initiatit bi Emperor Han Wudi durin the Han period.[3]

Some wastren scholars o Cheenese airt uise the wird "chimera" generically tae refer tae the bixie, qilin, an tianlu.[4]

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  1. a b Chinese sculpture By Angela Falco Howard p.56
  2. Text and ritual in early China By Martin Kern p.56
  3. China: a history By Harold Miles Tanner p.129
  4. Barry Till (1980), "Some Observations on Stone Winged Chimeras at Ancient Chinese Tomb Sites", Artibus Asiae, 42 (4): 261–281, JSTOR 3250032

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