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Fu dogs ("temple lions")

Fu Dog, Foo Dog or Lion Dog, or Chinese Temple Lions. Foo (Fu) means prosperity and good fortune in Chinese. These guardian dogs, also called temple lions, always comes in a pairs and stand to the left and right of entrances. Usually, one is male and the other female. Which gender can be seen by that the female have a puppy under a lifted paw and that the male have a brocade ball.

Lions was introduced from Indian culture especially through Buddhist symbolism. From then on statues of guardian lions have traditionally stood in front of Chinese Imperial palaces, Imperial tombs, government offices, temples, and the homes of government officials and the wealthy.

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