supernatural entities

Kirin is used to describe both natural and supernatural beings. The kirin was conceived in Japanese art as a deer. It has the body of a dragon and an ox-tail of a deer. In the eyes of the Japanese, the giraffe is similar to the unicorn: mysterious, magical, legendary, and distinctive.

The giraffe is depicted on the 16th-century wall of Srisailam, Andhra, much loved in royal zoological gardens. Giraffes represent aristocracy in this image.

The presence of a giraffe in the Sun Temple’s sculpture (built-in 1250), Konarak implies that Kalinga The Great Ruler had visited other nations. During these early days, the appearance of a giraffe indicates that trade with Africa took place.