Chinese guardian lions or Imperial guardian lions, often miscalled "Foo Dogs" in the West, are a common representation of the lion in imperial China.Chinese guardian lions are sometimes referred to in English as shishi, from the Chinese shí shī (Chinese: 石獅; pinyin: shíshī; literally: "stone lion"), which refers specifically to lion …
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The griffin, griffon, or gryphon (Greek: γρύφων, grýphōn, or γρύπων, grýpōn, early form γρύψ, grýps; Latin: gryphus) is a legendary creature with the body, tail, and back legs of a lion; the head and wings of an eagle; and an eagle's talons as its front feet.
Birushana (Rushana) Nyorai, Sanskrit Vairocana, Big Buddha of Nara, True Buddha in Esoteric Sects – Japanese Buddhism Digital Photo Dictionary
TABLE 1 – Comparing Fox-Tanuki Lore in China & Japan The Chinese fox predates the Japanese Tanuki by many centuries. Japan’s Tanuki clearly derives from the same page as China’s fox.
Every culture must find a way to reconcile the polar opposites – male/female, good/bad, sky/earth, birth/death – that are characteristic of the human condition.
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