White Tiger or Bai Hu
White Tiger, also known as Bai Hu, is one of the Four Symbols in ancient Chinese Astrology.
It is revered as the Deity of the West, symbolizing the autumn season and the metal element in the Five Element Theory.
Guarding the west section of the sky, the White Tiger is formed by seven constellations:
What does the White Tiger of the West look like?
White Tiger of West looks like a giant tiger with pure and white fur as snow, and its howl can cause fierce wind.
In some legends, it also has large wings and long whiskers.
What powers does the White Tiger of the West have?
White Tiger or Bai Hu as Deity of Military
White Tiger of the West is in charge of warfare and is respected as the God of War in ancient China.
In legends, some exceptional generals are believed the incarnations of the White Tiger.
Hence, its images, such as flags and authorization, have been widely used in military affairs.
Bronze Tiger-shaped Tally of Du County, Used to Deploy Army of State Qin During Late Warring States Period (403 BC — 221 BC).
White Tiger or Bai Hu as Representative of Great Sovereign
In many ancient legends, the White Tiger would show up only when a benevolent monarch ruled a kingdom and all civilians were living in peace and prosperity.
Therefore, the White Tiger can bring people safety, justice, property, and happy lives.
In some folklore and legends, the Four Symbols, including White Tiger or Bai Hu, are creators of the whole universe.
What does the White Tiger represent and symbolize?
White Tiger or Bai Hu has represented or symbolized:
Metal from the Five Element Theory
Army, Bravery, and Strength
Loyal, Faith, and Justice
What are other names for White Tiger?
Throughout history, White Tiger has had many names, especially after being apotheosized as the Deity of the West.
Bai Hu 白虎
Jian Bing 监兵
Di Jun 帝君
Sheng Jiang 圣将
Shen Jiang 神将