Japanese stone carved guardian lion-dogs at Shinto shrine, Koma-inu 狛犬

Japanese stone carved guardian lion-dogs at Shinto shrine, Koma-inu 狛犬

Foo Dogs: Half dog, half lion, the mythical Foo dog appears as a temple guardian in China. This pair of Foo dogs adds family protection for a home. An unusual housewarming or wedding gift. Hand-painted polyresin. 6"W x 11"H x 11 1/2"L. $79.95 from www.winterthurgifts.com.

Foo Dogs: Half dog, half lion, the mythical Foo dog appears as a temple guardian in China. This pair of Foo dogs adds family protection for a home.

Rui Shi or Imperial guardian lion, traditionally known in Chinese simply as Shi are a common representation of the lion in pre-modern China. Statues of guardian lions have traditionally stood in front of Chinese Imperial palaces, Imperial tombs, government offices, temples, and the homes of government officials and the wealthy, from the Han Dynasty, and were believed to have powerful mythic protective benefits.

Rui Shi or Imperial guardian lion, traditionally known in Chinese simply as Shi…

Japanese guardian lion statue, Koma-inu 狛犬

thekimonogallery: “At Kuya-no-Taki Falls near Kiyotaki in Western Kyoto, Japan. wiki: Shugendō is a highly “syncretic” (blending of two or more religious belief systems into a new system) religion.

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Detail from Manidera, a mountain temple near Tottori City Japan

Komainu (shrine guardian dog) on Mt.Fuji ,Shinagawa

There are pairs of stone guardian lions (at the gates of many Japanese and Chinese Shrines)

Komainu 狛犬  a pair of stone guardian dogs (at the gate of a Shinto shrine)

Komainu 狛犬 a pair of stone guardian dogs (at the gate of a Shinto shrine), Japan

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