Hear my roar

Singapore’s lions have a Chinese heritage. Females hold a cub under their paws, males have a ball – the whole world, apparently.

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Paper money, or ghost money, and paper furniture and other worldly possessions destined for dead ancestors are burnt in the furnace behind.

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Floral lion from Chiang Mai flower festival in 2006

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Temples are usually guarded by nagas (dragons), but there is the occasional slender, graceful lion here and there.

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Is this some kind of a lion, I wonder? Some details seem to match. My mother has a whole collection of photos of similar weird monsters, her favourites.

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I don’t even want to know what this one is about!

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And then, of course, Chinese lions.

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…to be continued…. the mighty lions of Burma deserve a post of their own!

(Part one: https://fearfuldragon.wordpress.com/2014/05/25/lions-of-asia/)

(The image in the header is from the Royal Palace in Bangkok.)

 

 

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