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Guardians of the Four Directions

Here’s my latest painting titled, “Guardians of the Four Directions”. These Guardians are mythological/spiritual creatures which can be found in ancient Chinese philosophy as well as throughout neighboring Asian Cultures. The Guardians consist of the Azure Dragon of the East, the Vermilion Bird (Phoenix) of the South, the White Tiger of the West, and the Black Turtle and snake of the North. Each one of them has an understood corresponding season, color, element, virtue as well as other symbolic traits. The origins of these philosophies are known to be dated back to at least the 2nd century BC. Pretty crazy!

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