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· Phoenix (Feng Huang) It is the symbol of high virtue and grace, of power and prosperity. It represents the union of yin and yang. It was to be a gentle creature, alighting so gently that it crushed nothing, and eating only dewdrops. It symbolized the Empress usually in a paring with a dragon (the dragon representing the emperor), and only Empress could wear the phoenix symbol. If a Phoenix was used to decorate a house it symbolized that loyalty and honesty was in the people that lived there. Jewelry with the Phoenix design showed that the wearer was a person of high moral values, and so people of great importance could only wear the Phoenix. The Chinese Phoenix was thought to have the beak of a cock, the face of a swallow, the neck of a snake, the breast of a goose, the back of a tortoise, hindquarters of a stag and the tail of a fish. Images of the phoenix have appeared throughout china for well over 7000 years and often in jade and original on good luck totems. The feathers were of the five fundamental colors: black, white, red, green, and yellow and was said to represent the Confucian virtues of loyalty, honesty, decorum, and justice.






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