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RELIGION & MYTHOLOGY

  

 

 

  Bi Xie (Pi Ya)

 

Thailand

Bi Xie, also known as Pi Ya, is a creature from Chinese mythology that resembles a winged lion. This one, carved out of granite, has two horns and hooves instead of paws. Though in origin Chinese, Bi Xie has also invaded Thai culture, where it has taken on its own distinctive form (fig.).