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White Tiger (mythology)

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White Tiger
Bái Hǔ sculpture on an eaves tile
Chinese name
Korean name

The White Tiger (Chinese: 白虎; pinyin: Báihǔ), is one of the Four Symbols of the Chinese constellations. It is sometimes called the White Tiger of the West (西方白虎; Xīfāng Báihǔ). It represents the west in terms of direction and the autumn season.

It is known as Byakko in Japanese, Baekho in Korean, and Bạch Hổ in Vietnamese.

Seven Mansions


As with the other three Symbols, there are seven astrological "Mansions" (positions of the Moon) within the White Tiger. The names and determinative stars are:[1][2]

Mansion no. Name (pinyin) Translation Determinative star
15 (Kuí) Legs Eta Andromedae
16 (Lóu) Bond Beta Arietis
17 (Wèi) Stomach 35 Arietis
18 (Mǎo) Hairy Head Alcyone
19 (Bì) Net Ain
20 (Zī) Turtle Beak Meissa
21 (Shēn) Three Stars Alnitak

See also



  1. ^ "The Chinese Sky". International Dunhuang Project. Archived from the original on 2015-11-04. Retrieved 2011-06-25.
  2. ^ Sun, Xiaochun (1997). Helaine Selin (ed.). Encyclopaedia of the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine in Non-Western Cultures. Kluwer Academic Publishers. p. 517. ISBN 0-7923-4066-3. Retrieved 2011-06-25.