A Guardian of the Afterlife
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Guard my soul gentle giant.

Guide my tired spirit.

Let the pound of your footsteps show me the way.

Let the sound of your huff fill the air.

Show me I’m not alone. Not even in death.



This is a mythical three-horned beast that was described among the wildlife found on the Cauldron and Pray-and-Pass Mountains, and on Mount Min (East China).

It was said to look like a black water buffalo with a large pig’s head, a distended belly, and short legs ending in a three-toed elephant’s feet. Its most distinctive trait was that it has three horns, found on the back of its nose, forehead, and crown.

According to Strassberg in his Chinese Bestiary, the forehead and crown horns fall once a year...

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