Here's the Nue from Japanese mythology as a Jellienian species. I was inspired by
' art of what he called it the bare-faced tiger fav.me/d5p2njy
My version of the Nue is indeed a tiger or a close relative. It's a descendent of the manticore (my tiger-like version) and they in return, are relatives of the tiger and snow leopard (and also the leonine manticore, lion, leopard and jaguar). The Asian/Jellienian manticore migrated to Japan during an ice age via a land bridge that connected it with Korea. With the colder and snowier climate, the arriving manticore changed dramatically. First, it shrunk because of the island's limited resources and rough climate. The tail spikes disappeared because of the lack of competitors like the sabertooth cats (which are disappearing from Asia around the time that the nue was evolving) reducing it to a short naked tail. It's face shrunk from it's slight baboonish face to one resembling that of the Japanese macaque or snow monkey. Finally, it developed a shaggy musk ox-like coat to protect itself from the cold.