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A qilin is a single-horned chimera whose rare appearance often coincides with the imminent birth or death of a sage or benevolent ruler. The myth originated from China and is referenced in Korean and Japanese stories as well. It is said to be a cross between an ox, deer, tiger fish and a dragon, although there are diverse variations. Qilin are so light of foot that it can walk on water and doesn't bend a single blade of grass as it passes through a field. Qilins are vegetarian, have an incredibly gentle, peaceful disposition and cannot tolerate injustice. They are thought to be an auspicious symbol of good luck, longevity, prosperity and protection.