In both ancient and modern Chinese culture small to very large pairs of stone lions are often displayed outside the entrance of official buildings, temples, businesses, and even private residences. These lions are often referred to in the Chinese language as Stone Lions, Buddha Lions or Buddha Dogs. They are most commonly known to Westerners as Foo Dogs. The Chinese word "Fo" (sound like Fu) represents Buddhism (Fo Jiaw) in general.Within Buddhism the lion is held in great esteem as a powerful animal bravely advancing against evil. In Chinese culture the lion is the king of beasts and a symbol of great power and dignity. It is a divine auspicious and sacred animal with powers to suppress other animals and defeat evil spirits.
Although the features of Foo Dog statues may greatly very, there are common traits found in the majority of statues. The right Foo Dog is male and the left Foo Dog is female. They have curled hair, large eyes, an opening mouth and outstretched paws. Under the left paw of the male Foo Dog is a decorative, ornamental ball or pearl. Under the right paw of the female Foo Dog is a playful lion cub usually lying on their back.
The number of bumps or coils in the Foo Dogs mane symbolized the rank of the official whose building they were guarding. The more coils, the higher the rank.
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