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Kimnara - God of music

The jinnalaluo (also called kimnaras, feiren, and yeishen) were divine creatures with human bodies and animal's heads that were featured in Buddhist mythology.[1]


These beings resemble human bodies and have the heads of animals, most notably horses or birds.[1]

Role in Chinese mythology[edit]

They are celestial musicians, whose music is said to fill Heaven. They play a variety of instruments and are linked to a very ancient Indian art form, where they are portrayed as birds-of-paradise.


  1. ^ a b Roberts, Jeremy (2010). Chinese mythology, A to Z (2nd ed.). New York: Chelsea House. ISBN 9781604134360.