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GUI-XIAN
Also known as KUEI-HSIEN

The great Tortoise, one of the four [SI-LING] Holy Animals of Chinese Mythology.

Often known as a symbol of happiness, the GUI-XIAN is in charge of all shelled creatures and also represents the North point of the compass.

Tortoises being very long-lived, GUI-XIAN is also a symbol of Longevity and Immortality. Buildings inscribed with a tortoise image will last for many ages. Does that mean getting a GUI-XIAN tattoo will make you live forever?

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Article last updated on 15 April 2004
Authors: Peter J Allen and Chas Saunders
References: Coming soon.

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ABOUT GUI-XIAN : FACTS AND FIGURES
Name : GUI-XIAN
Location : China
Gender : Male
Type : Fabulous Creature
Celebration or Feast Day : Unknown at present
Pronunciation : Gway Shee-yen
Alternative names : KUEI-HSIEN
Popularity index : 345

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