Male Rui Shi

Roslyn Lunetta

Joined November 2007

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Chuang Yen Monastery Male Imperial guardian lion, also called Fu Dogs or Foo Dogs, and called Shi in Chinese, are powerful mythic protectors. The male lion has his right paw on a globe, which represents his “feeling the pulse of the earth.” The male also protects those dwelling inside. Sometimes the male has his mouth open. This symbolizes the enunciation of the sacred word “om.” Fu means ‘happiness’ in Chinese; however, the term “Fu Dog” and its variants are not used in Chinese. Instead, they are known as Rui Shi (“auspicious lions”) or simply Shi (“lions”).

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