Durin the Han Dynasty, fowk believit the tiger tae be the keeng o aw beasts. Accordin tae legend the tiger's tail wad turn intae white when it reached the age o 500 years. In this wey, the white tiger became a kynd o meethological creatur. It wis said that the white tiger wad anerlie appear when the emperor ruled wi absolute virtue, or if thare wis peace throughout the world. Acause the color white o the Cheenese five elements represents the wast an aw, the white tiger thus became a meethological guardian o the wast.
In some legends o the Tang Dynasty's general Xue Rengui, he is said tae be the reincarnation o the White Tiger's Starn, an his airchenemy, the Liao Dynasty's prince He Suwen is the reincarnation o the Azure Dragon's Starn.