Friday, March 27, 2015

The Tale Behind The Two Lions.


You can see these lions all over Hong Kong at the entrance to temples, banks, office buildings, etc. The lion on the left has its mouth shut and the lion on the right has its mouth open.

The lions are Buddist in origin and are meant to ward off evil spirits. The lion with its mouth open is said to be pronouncing the first letter of the Sanskrit alphabet that has an "a" sound to it. The lion with its mouth closed is said to be pronouncing the last letter of the Sanskrit alphabet that has an "um" sound to it. The two lions represent the beginning and the end of all things.

These particular lions stand guard at the entrance to the Shang Sin Chun Tong Temple in Kowloon Tong.  

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