Chinese guardian lions Statues

The statues of 2 white lions are located on either side of the stairs that lead to the main temple premises and they were carved on white marble by Vietnamese workers.

Chinese guardian lionsare known as imperial guardian lion or stone lions. They are believed to have powerful, mythic, and protective powers and have traditionally stood in front of ChineseImperial palaces, Imperial tombs, government offices, temples, and the homes of government officials. The lions are always created in pairs, with the male playing with a ball and the female with a cub.

Etymology

Guardian lions are referred to numerous manners depending on language and context. In Chinese they may be called:

  • Stone lion(Shíshī): reference in a secular objective manner and less commonly:
  • Auspicious lion(Ruìshī): respecting reference to the Tibetan Snow Lionor with context to good fortune
  • Fortuitous lion(fúshī): reference in context to good fortune
  • Buddha's or Buddhist lion(fóshī) reference in a religious context to the lion as protector of Buddha

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