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From a combination of the characters 英 (ying, meaning “flower”) and 招 (zhao, meaning “to summon, to beckon”). This is the name of a deity mentioned in the Shanhaijing (山海经) or Classic of Mountains and Seas. It is described as having the face of a human, the body of a horse, the stripes of a tiger and the wings of a bird. It guards the garden belonging to the supreme god of Heaven, Di, on Mount Kunlun.