How to sex a Temple Guardian

Temple Guardians

Most people visiting Asia will be familiar with Temple Guardians. Usually paired they will sit either side of a doorway or at the bottom of a flight of steps leading up to a Buddhist temple.

They take a variety of shapes and forms. In Some places they may be Dragons, in others Foo Dogs. Foo is a Chinese word for happiness. Guardian Lions are extremely popular in Chinese temples and are said to promote happiness and good fortune.

Over the passage of time there appears to have been a bit of celestial cross breeding going on as the Foo Dog transformed into the Foo Lion. Today in Japan the name Shishi means both Lion and Dog  and sometimes Deer as well so that makes it a little more confusing.

Senso-Ji Temple guardian Tokyo

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Pay no attention to the faults of others, things done or left undone by others. Consider only what by oneself is done or left undone.

Temple Guardian

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Guardian of the Temple

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What we think we become.

Wooden Guardians

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 He who envies others does not attain peace of mind.

Wat Po Guardian (Pirate?)

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Well, How Do You Sex a Temple Guardian?

 Easy...see below!

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