Scripts 烛龙(Chinese, Japanese Kanji)
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Meaning & History
From a combination of the characters 烛 (zhu, meaning “shining, torch-like”) and 龙 (long, meaning “dragon”). According to the Shanhaijing (山海经), this was a deity who lived on Mount Zhong in the far north. It had a human face and a scarlet serpentine body that extended for one thousand leagues. When it opened its eyes it was day, when it closed them it was night; when it breathed in it was summer, when it breathed out it was winter. It neither ate nor slept, and had control over wind and rain.