The animal subjects that are frequently seen amongst the Taiwanese traditional architectural decorations are gods, beasts, birds, the aquatic and the amphibious; such as, four gods (the dragon, phoenix, Cilin and turtle,) four beasts (the lion, tiger, elephant and leopard), Chihu (the hornless dragon,) Ao (a sea-tortoise fish), magpies, Chinese bulbuls, cranes, bats, warblers, swallows, goldfish and toads, possessing the symbols of praying for blessing, exorcising evil spirits, good luck and bringing in wealth. The dragon pillar at the front palace of Guanyin Temple, Shoushanyan Jhaobi at the front yard of Guanyin Temple, Shoushanyan The main beam at the entrance of the veranda at the front palace of Jingfu Temple, Taoyuan Tuomu at Palace of Worship of Guanyin Temple, Mt. Lianzuo The back wall of Mazu Shrine at the grand palace of Renhe Temple, Dasi The front wall of the front palace at Jingfu Temple, Taoyuan The wall block on the facing wall of Jingfu Temple, Taoyuan The stone lions at Palace of Worship of Guanyin Temple, Mt. Lianzuo Yuanguang on the Children Veranda of Ong’s Residence, Wushulin Village, Longtan The elephant stature at the back entrance of the front palace at Sanyuan Temple, Bade The decoration on the ridges at the front palace of Wufu Temple, Lujhu Shueichedu on the dragon door of Jingfu Temple, Taoyuan The rack over the walkway at the front palace of Guanyin Temple, Shoushanyan 《 The Auspicious Bird- Feng Huang 》Feng Huang is the king of all birds in the Chinese ancient legends; the male was called Feng and femal Huang; symbolizing good luck. They had a chicken’s head, snake’s neck, swallow’s jaw, turtle’s back and fish’s tail and they were very colorful. Feng Huang came from a country of the gentlemen, soaring around all Four Seas. They didn’t eat living worms, neither trampling on the plants and nor resting on any other trees than a Chinese parasol tree. They only ate bamboo and drank from the clever springs. Once they soared, all birds would follow them; therefore, Feng Huang only came when the world was in peace and prosperity. It was said that there was a young man who was very good at blowing the flute in the times of Chuncyou and his name was Siao Shi. He was married to Chin Mugong’s daughter, Nongyu; the couple would have one blow the flute and the other play Sheng ( a reed pipe wind instrument) and enjoyed their marriage life. One evening, while Siao Shi and Nongyu were having an intimate talk under the moonlight, all of sudden a purple Feng flew over, then followed by a dragon. At this time, Siao Shi confessed to Nongyu saying that he was actually a celestial from above and because he and Nongyu had the fate bound to be married so he came; he was unable to stay in this world for too long. Nongyu then decided to follow her husband. At last, Siao Shi rode on the dragon and Nongyu on the Feng and they soared to the sky and gone. “Soaring Feng Riding Dragon” has also become the auspicious phrase to blessing the newly weds for being happiness for eternity. 《 Benevolent Beast-Cilin 》Cilin was the auspicious spirit beast in Chinese mental view. Cilin’s head looked like a dragon with two horns, the body is like a deer’s but with scales all over it and the hair on the tail was curly and long. It always had a very vivid appearance and it was also one of lucky beasts in the ancient Chinese totems. It was said that Cilin loved to help good people and particularly paying more attention to those who were filial and righteous; therefore, it had the name of “benevolent beast.” When Cilin met the bad guys, it would chase them and bit them. Cilin had a meat horn but it didn't use it as a weapon to hurt others. It would choose to walk on the land without trampling any worms and damaging croppers, just like what an emperor with benevolence and virtue would do. They also said that once Cilin appeared, it meant that there was a benevolent emperor ruling and he would bring peace and prosperity to the whole world. Therefore, Cilin was a symbol of wonderfulness and good luck. People also figured Cilin as the children with benevolence, virtue and good writing style. It was then transformed into the auspicious spirit beast to be given to children.