Scripts 伶伦(Chinese, Japanese Kanji)
Other Forms Forms泠伦
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Meaning & History
In Chinese mythology, Linglun was a retainer of the Yellow Emperor (XUANYUAN) who was said to have invented music. He made flutes that mimicked the songs of many bird species and devised the Chinese 5-tone music scale. In later ages, officials in charge of court music and professional musicians/actors were all referred to as Ling (伶) in possible homage to him.