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22. Kirin / Giraffe / Mythical Creature
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埃及 is the Chinese name for the country of Egypt.
Note: Egypt rests partially in Asia and Africa.
See Also: Asia
This word is the title of a mythical beast of Asia.
The animal is thought to be related to the giraffe, and in some ways, it is a giraffe. However, it is often depicted with the horns of a dragon or deer and sometimes with the body like a horse but many variations exist.
In Japanese it is pronounced “Kirin” as in “Kirin Ichiban” beer.
1. 麒麟 is sometimes spelled as “kylin”.
2. In Japanese, this is the only Kanji word for giraffe. Therefore in Japan, this word needs context to know whether you are talking about the mythical creature or the long-necked giraffe of Africa.
3. Apparently, this was the first word used for regular giraffes in China (some were brought from Africa to China during the Ming Dynasty - probably around the year 1400). Though the mythical creature may have existed before, the name “qilin” was given to the “new giraffe”. 麒麟 is because, more than 600 years ago, giraffes somewhat matched the mythical creature's description when Chinese people saw them for the first time. Later, to avoid such an ambiguous title, a three-character word was devised to mean a “giraffe of Africa”. The characters for “qilin” shown here are only for the mythological version in modern Chinese.
4. More information about the qilin / kirin from Wikipedia.
5. This creature is sometimes translated as the “Chinese Unicorn”, even though it is generally portrayed with two horns. I think this is done more for the fantasy aspect of the unicorn and because most westerners don't know what a qilin or kirin is (this avoids a long explanation by the translator).
6. In Korean, this can mean kirin or simply giraffe (usually the mythological creature is what they would think of when seeing these characters alone on a wall scroll).
The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...
|Title||Characters||Romaji(Romanized Japanese)||Various forms of Romanized Chinese|
|Africa||阿非利加||ā fēi lì jiā
a1 fei1 li4 jia1
a fei li jia
|a fei li chia
|Africa||非洲||fēi zhōu / fei1 zhou1 / fei zhou / feizhou||fei chou / feichou|
|ā ěr jí lì yà
a1 er3 ji2 li4 ya4
a er ji li ya
|a erh chi li ya
|Angola||安哥拉||ān gē lā
an1 ge1 la1
an ge la
|an ko la
|ān guī lā dǎo
an1 gui1 la1 dao3
an gui la dao
|an kuei la tao
|bèi níng / bei4 ning2 / bei ning / beining||pei ning / peining|
|bó cí wǎ nà
bo2 ci2 wa3 na4
bo ci wa na
|po tz`u wa na
po tzu wa na
|Burundi||布隆迪||bù lóng dí
bu4 long2 di2
bu long di
|pu lung ti
|kā mài lóng
ka1 mai4 long2
ka mai long
|k`a mai lung
ka mai lung
|Central Africa||中央アフリカ||chuuou a fu ri ka|
chuo a fu ri ka
|In some entries above you will see that characters have different versions above and below a line.|
In these cases, the characters above the line are Traditional Chinese, while the ones below are Simplified Chinese.
All of our calligraphy wall scrolls are handmade.
When the calligrapher finishes creating your artwork, it is taken to my art mounting workshop in Beijing where a wall scroll is made by hand from a combination of silk, rice paper, and wood.
After we create your wall scroll, it takes at least two weeks for air mail delivery from Beijing to you.
Allow a few weeks for delivery. Rush service speeds it up by a week or two for $10!
When you select your calligraphy, you'll be taken to another page where you can choose various custom options.
The wall scroll that Sandy is holding in this picture is a "large size"
single-character wall scroll.
We also offer custom wall scrolls in small, medium, and an even-larger jumbo size.
Professional calligraphers are getting to be hard to find these days.
Instead of drawing characters by hand, the new generation in China merely type roman letters into their computer keyboards and pick the character that they want from a list that pops up.
There is some fear that true Chinese calligraphy may become a lost art in the coming years. Many art institutes in China are now promoting calligraphy programs in hopes of keeping this unique form of art alive.
Even with the teachings of a top-ranked calligrapher in China, my calligraphy will never be good enough to sell. I will leave that to the experts.
The same calligrapher who gave me those lessons also attracted a crowd of thousands and a TV crew as he created characters over 6-feet high. He happens to be ranked as one of the top 100 calligraphers in all of China. He is also one of very few that would actually attempt such a feat.