9 Dragon Sons
There are more names depending on the source.
Here are the ones that I found most often listed.
I have been collecting pictures of all the sons.
BIXI (BA XIA?)
likes to carry heavy loads. is often depicted as a tortoise under a heavy stone table.
likes to see very far, is usually shown on the eave of a building , protects building from fire.
He is also often depicted as a fish or a whale.
is a small dragon who likes to roar. He is depicted on Bells. Looks sort of like a cat or lion in build.
In one reference it said he looked like a Taper.
Is called the Jail and warns of enemy attacks.
Is the enemy of whales. the stick used to strike the bell is called the whale.
looks like a tiger. can tell who is good or evil.
Is found on prison doors to frighten prisoners.
means Glutton, is found on Shang food ware.
Is a warning not to be a glutton.
GONG FU (or BA XIA?)
likes water. lies prone. is shown on bridges.
( I found a great picture of him reclining on the side of a retaining wall by a bridge, .
He has his head hanging over and looks mournful .
Or perhaps is looking to see a fish to catch.)
loves words written on carved tablets.
depicted lying (prone) on the top of a stone pillar looking down grief stricken at a tortoise (BIXI).
I am confused about BA XIA, Have seen him listed as BIXI, GONG FU, and separately.)
fierce , loves fighting, killing and war. is usually depicted on the quilion of a sword or on an axe head
a small wild lion, or a small horse as in Lung Ta the Wind Horse.
likes smoke. Is depicted most often on incense burners.
looks like a conch, oyster or clam. (the Chinese character translates to hot and peppery.
does not like to be disturbed.
is depicted on doors or doorsteps.
(guarding the door by keeping it shut as tight as a clam?)
I have also seen other siblings mentioned:
likes music , is depicted on the head of Mongolian instruments (the qin or zither?)
looks like a horse.
I have found reference to female dragons . Sisters?
JIAO and LI
minor hornless yin female dragons.
both are evil and malicious,
( Of course the females would be minor and malicious
Who raised or cared for the pearls in the clams ????
I found reference to a JIAO being a swamp dragon.
Is it referring to the yin/female JIAO or to JIAO TU as a oyster/clam.
Connection of the swamp or perhaps tide pools are where the oyster/clams are found.
the pearl comes from oysters.
Then could it be that one of the sons was a woman? As in Mulan?
I like that idea even if it is not factual.)
I also found a list of 9 types of classical dragon types.
I do not know if these are also considered aspects of the 9 dragon sons.
FUCANGLONG hidden treasures
DILONG underground, earth dragon
YINGLONG winged dragon
JIAOLONG horned dragon
PANLONG coiled dragon
HUANGLONG yellow (river?) dragon
WANGLONG dragon king
If not which category do the 9 sons fit into?
Is there a connection betweem the 9 dragon sons and the ranking of imperial testing exams and the ranking of the officials?
The officials ranking was designated by a different colored knob that holds on the red horsehair plume on the top of their hat, as well as the color of their robes.
I have a picture of a 6th rank official, it has a white knob.
The raking went from 9 being the lowest, which I think was a teacher among other things.
The highest is 1 (rather like belt raking in karate,in some systems, when you pass the final level of 1 you are a black belt )
There must be a correlation to the symbolism of the fish jumping the falls/dragons gates.
To jump a gate /gate symbolic for passing an exam.
There are 9 falls/gates to jump. when you reach the top one it is said that the fish turns in to a dragon.
Does anyone know the colors of the different 9 sons, and who is ranked where?
What are the colors of the robes and hat knobs of the imperial officials?
Edited by kaiselin, 21 January 2007 - 10:32 PM.