Singapore: Guardian Lions

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Chinese Guardian Lions, sometimes referred to westerners as “Foo Dogs” are traditionally found outside of palaces, tombs, and temples as protectors against evil.    They are always found in pairs – one with a foot resting on the world  representing prosperity and one on a playful cub on its back representing fertility.  Another interpretation is that the lion resting its foot on the world protects the structure and the lion resting its foot on the cub protects all dwelling inside.  These two were found in front of the entrance to the Supertree Grove at Marina Park.  They were lovely and traditional juxtaposed against the background of what looked like a garden from the future.

 

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