The three-legged (or tripedal) crow is a creature found in various mythologies and arts of East Asia. It is believed by East Asian cultures to inhabit and represent the Sun.
It has also been found figured on ancient coins from Lycia and Pamphylia.
The earliest forms of the tripedal crow are found in modern-day China. Evidence of the earliest bird-Sun motif or totemic articles excavated around 5000 B.C. from the lower Yangtze River delta area. This bird-Sun totem heritage was observed in later Yangshao and Longshan Cultures. The Chinese have several versions of crow and crow-Sun tales. According to folklore, there were originally ten sun crows which settled in 10 separate suns. They perched on a red mulberry tree called the Fusang, literally meaning "the leaning mulberry tree", in the East at the foot of the Valley of the Sun. This mulberry tree was said to have many mouths opening from its branches. Each day one of the sun crows would be rostered to travel around the world on a carriage, driven by Xihe, the 'mother' of the suns. As soon as one sun crow returned, another one would set forth in its journey crossing the sky. According to Shanhaijing (a Chinese classic text and a compilation of mythic geography and myth), the sun crows loved eating two grasses of immortality, one called the Diri, or "ground sun", and the other the Chunsheng, or "spring grow". The sun crows would often descend from heaven on to the earth and feast on these grasses, but Xihe did not like this thus she covered their eyes to prevent them from doing so. Folklore also held that, at around 2170 BC, all ten sun crows came out on the same day, causing the world to burn; Houyi - the celestial archer - saved the day by shooting down all but one of the sun crows (the Mid-Autumn Festival has variants of this legend.)
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