- East Asian (culture)
- Celestial (attribute)
- Deadly (behaviour)
A celestial dog which had a fiery tale from Chinese astronomical myth. It fed on a diet of human children and would stalk the Earth to catch them and bring them back to the heavens to eat. Sometimes when the dog could not find children to eat it would kill a grown adult and eat only its liver. When it was really hungry it would slowly eat the moon and the celestial archer Hou I would shoot him down and restore the moon. T’ien Kou would always recover from death the morning after it had been killed.
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