Foo Dog


Foo Dog

FOO DOG - The Foo Dog of Asia has also been called the “Lion of Buddha” and that name is actually much more accurate, since it is a lion and not a dog at all. Known also as Fu Dogs, Fo Dogs, and karashishi (in Japan), they are used extensively in Asian art, sculpture, and, of course, tattoos. But the Lion of Buddha may not be Buddhist in origin. The local Shinto religion of Japan, which predates Buddhism, also has a lion protector, with a red head, who drives away evil spirits and brings health and wealth. No matter the origin though, be it Chinese or Japanese, Buddhist or Shinto, the definitive Foo Dog is fundamentally protective, strong, and courageous. (This was done in Hsinchu Taiwan)

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    suze said on June 21, 2012

    That is awesome.

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    candylady said on September 16, 2010

    WOW looks great!

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    rasskl said on March 17, 2010

    looks great, i might have to add one to my collection.

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    likendogo said on October 26, 2009

    The fu dog actually started when western cultures brought over lions to east Asia. There were no lions in Asia, and the beasts mystified the people. They immediately became a legendary image of strength and protection in all Asian lands (Japan, China, Korea, Philippines, Thailand, Burma, Vietnam, etc.) Today it is tagged as a Buddhist symbol as they are the protectors of most Buddhist temples throughout the orient.

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    howiem said on October 25, 2009

    Excellent ink :)

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    mike5959 said on October 24, 2009

    Nice, I got one on each arm

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