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The cardinal direction associated with this animal is "centre," and its element is Earth.

It should not be confused with the mythological yellow dragon that is associated with the Emperor of China. Like the other Four Symbols, the Azure Dragon corresponds to seven "mansions", or positions, of the moon. The Chinese constellations were not only used by Chinese cartographers, they were also used by Korean, Japanese, and Vietnamese cartographers as well. In Japan, the Azure Dragon Seiryuu is one of the four guardian spirits of cities and is said to protect the city of Kyoto on the east.

The west is protected by the White Tiger, the north is protected by the Black Tortoise, and the south is protected by the Vermilion Bird.

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In Kyoto there are temples dedicated to each of these guardian spirits. Before the entrance of the temple there is a statue of the dragon which is said to drink from the waterfall within the temple complex at nighttime.

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Therefore each year a ceremony is held to worship the dragon of the east. In , the Kitora Tomb was found in the village of Asuka.

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He is regarded as the dispenser of rain as well as the zoomorphic representation of the yang masculine power of generation. One of his epithets is Dragon King of Wells and Springs. The dragon king gets his orders from the Jade Emperor. Besides being a water deity, the Dragon God frequently also serves as a territorial tutelary deity , similarly to Tudigong and Houtu. However, as the zoomorphic incarnation of the Yellow Emperor , he represents the source of the myriad things.

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He is the patron of Qinghai Lake. Worship of the Dragon God is celebrated throughout China with sacrifices and processions during the fifth and sixth moons, and especially on the date of his birthday the thirteenth day of the sixth moon. Media related to Dragon King at Wikimedia Commons. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. For all other uses, see Dragon King disambiguation.

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