Three-legged Crow (Chinese Sun spirit)

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Three-legged crow (Chinese Sun spirit)

I finished this painting about a month ago, but didn’t have time to photograph it properly until now.

A three-legged crow (三足乌) or Golden crow (金乌) is the Sun spirit in Chinese mythology. It lives in the Fusang tree (扶桑), which is a giant mulberry tree in the Eastern Seas, and travels the sky in a carriage every day. Originally there were ten crows and ten suns in the world, but they bothered people by coming out all at once and making the world burn, so some archer shot nine of them down, making the species nearly extinct. Now there’s only one left.

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