Friday, February 05, 2010

My Fu-Lions ....

Three of my many Fu-Lions - celestial guardians sent from heaven above!

So, what about Fu-Lions?

Chinese guardian lions, also called Fu (Foo) Lions, lions of Buddha, or sometimes stone lions (石獅, Pinyin: Shíshī) in Chinese art[1], are a common representation of the lion in pre-modern China, which is believed to have powerful mythic protective powers that has traditionally stood in front of Chinese Imperial palaces, temples, emperors' tombs, government offices, and the homes of government officials and the wealthy from the Han Dynasty (206 BC-220 AD), until the end of the empire in 1911.

Lions of Fo are always created in pairs, with the male playing with a ball and the female with a cub. They occur in many types of Chinese pottery and in Western imitations[2].

Pairs of Chinese guardian lions, also called Chinese stone lions are still common decorative and symbolic elements at the entrances to restaurants, hotels, supermarkets and other structures, with one sitting on each side of the entrance, in China and in other places around the world where the Chinese people have immigrated and settled, especially in local Chinatowns.

P:S: My "Fu-Lions" are alley cats we feed! The above 3 are the more permanent ones, rest are becoming more "permanent"! :)

Sly's Dad (first pix) new one, don't know where he came from but he is tame, probably someone's pet previously..

Meow Kung (second pix) was a stray we took along when we moved here ...

Kiki (third pix) was a feral cat of the block who is now super-loving!

1 comment:

The Chair Speaks said...

These Fu-Lions look well-cared. Well-done!