In ancient Chinese folk traditions, Fian-Sian-Che is the bear spirit who cast out evil. He is the leader of the Dance of the Twelve Animals in the New Year celebration called the Ta-No. Boy dances attired as different animals whirled about Fian-Sian-Che after hurling menacing gestures at the forces of evil. Then all the twelve led by the bear spirit running through the countryside to take their healing powers to cast out evil.

John and Caitlin Matthews, The Element Encyclopaedia of Magical Creatures, 2013, Fian-Sian-Che, p 179

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