Tongniu has the traditional cultural meaning of water control and dragon subduing
Why does Wanfu bridge choose copper ox as sculpture? Wei Minghua, a
cultural scholar, believes that this has its historical origin. First of
all, people in ancient times thought that cattle were powerful and
could control water. On the Yellow River, stone carvings and iron
pillars are made into the shape of cattle.
In addition, the cow is heavy and practical. On both sides of the Yellow
River, iron oxen are placed and fixed with chains to form iron cable
bridges, which are very firm and ornamental at the same time“ The cast
iron ox statue can also be used as a water level indicator. When the
water level rises to the position of the animal's feet, body and neck,
the possibility of flooding can be judged. "
Wei Minghua also mentioned that water buffaloes are used to control
water on the canal, because according to traditional habits, buffaloes
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freely in the water without drowning. At the same time, in the ancient
Chinese theory of five elements, there was a saying that "jinkemu",
because the dragon's nature belongs to wood, so "Jiaolong is afraid of
iron", casting iron ox to calm water. The iron ox is the same size as
the real ox. it is solid on the outside and empty on the inside. It
"looks forward to the vast lake and sky, and wants to swallow thousands
of hectares of waves", which can suppress "Jiaolong".