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Komainu and Lion statures by SheltieWolf Komainu and Lion statures by SheltieWolf
Comparing stone statures of Guardian animals :)

1, Sakuragawa Mitake Shrine in Itabashi Tokyo Japan
2, Fushimi Inari Taisha in Fushimi Kyoto Japan
3, Houya Awashima Shrine in Nishi-Tokyo Tokyo Japan
4, Yue Fei Miao in Hangzhou China
5, Wat Suthat Thepphawararam in Bangkok Thailand
6, Wat Phan'on in Chuang Mai Thailand
7, Angkor Wat in Siemleap Cambodia
8, Lion in Tobu-Animal-Park Saitama Japan

I borrowed 1 and 2 temporally. They are photos of Folf. Thank you. :D
Folf's website which is introducing Komainu (fox type and wolf type) [link]
Folf's gallery in pixiv [link]

I submitted a journal which explained about these lion statures and komainu. If you're interested in Japanese (or Asian) culture, please read it. [Komainu in Japan and lion statures] [link] ^^
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Katillo Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012
Thanks for this selection)
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shadowsGirl35 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
cool!
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SheltieWolf Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! ^^
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shadowsGirl35 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
ur welcome! :>
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NathalieNova Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I like the Japan wolf and the Chinese lion most^^
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SheltieWolf Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! :)
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amethyst-destiny Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love stone lions SOOOO much. *_*
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WarriorOffHeart Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012  Student Artist
have you saw Hachi
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Filippa-e Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
cool! What is the fox holding in it's mouth? :O
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SheltieWolf Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you. As I remember, it's a key. In Fushimi Inari, One fox is holding a key, another is holding a precious stone. :)
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kapu011 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I knew the Lion statures of Thailand, but I never knew that there are different Guardian statures in the other countries!
The Wolf Type looks pretty cool ;)
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SheltieWolf Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Danke schön! :)
There are a lot of types about lion statures in Asia. ^^
I think variety of Asian cultures is really interesting as European cultures. :D
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kapu011 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
yeah ;D
Do have you some other pictures of the japan guardian statures?
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Raizo-san Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012
Ich kenne ein Lied, das Cambodia heisst. Ich wusste gar nicht, dass es ein Land namens Cambodia gibt ^^
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SheltieWolf Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Angkor in Cambodia are very interesting place. There are a lot of old ruins. When you walk in the ruin alone, you can get an exciting feeling like Indiana Jones. :D
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lycanthrope-bata Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012
いろいろな種類がありますね^^インド発祥という事は本来寺院に作られた物なんですかね。日本では神社に狛犬がいますけどどこでどうなっちゃって神社に落ち着いたんでしょうか?
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SheltieWolf Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
獅子像は元々オリエント世界で王権の象徴のようにして発達したようです。だから宮殿や城を守護する像だったわけで、ヨーロッパへはそのまま広がったようですが、インドから仏教とセットで伝わった東アジア、東南アジアでは王権の他に寺社仏閣の守護者としての意味も持つようになったみたいです。アンコール遺跡群やチェンマイの寺院でもよく見かけましたし、中国の寺院でも見かけることはありました。一方で王権の象徴として宮殿も守護していました。故宮は行ったことないですが、確か獅子像があったはず・・・。
で、何で日本では神社の守護者になったかというと、神道は日本神話とリンクしているわけですが、日本神話って基本的に天皇家の祖先のエピソードなんですよね。王権の守護者→天皇家の守護者→神社の守護者・・・という変化を遂げたものと思われます。
ちなみに中国にはライオンがいなかったので獅子像は中国人の想像で犬っぽい顔へと変化しました。それが日本に入って来た時に「犬」と解釈され、狛犬と呼ばれるようになったものかと。狛の意味は諸説ありますが「高麗(こま)」とは関係ないようです。:)

以上、朝っぱらから熱く語ってしまいました。^^;
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lycanthrope-bata Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012
なるほど、博識なコメントありがとうございます。おかげで、かしこさが2上昇しましたww 王権を守護する象徴で獅子像を設置したのが、宗教と獅子が居ない地域に伝わったので犬ぽくなったという事ですね^^ 稲荷神社の狐さんはその派生的なものなんでしょうか?
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SheltieWolf Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
日本人ってイカスミスパゲティーとか創る民族ですし・・・人様から頂戴した物を躊躇なく自分風に改造しちゃいますから・・・。:D
「何?狛犬?犬がいいなら狐さん(稲荷の眷属)や狼様(大口の真神)も像にしていいよな」・・・的な感じでしょうか?:)
同様に猿や牛の像も見たことあります。フォルフ君のホームページでも紹介されていました。牛の像はスカイツリー近くの牛島神社にいっぱいありました。^^
狛犬の阿吽型も金剛力士像の影響だとか。他にも角が生えた狛犬もいますし・・・。なんか何でもござれな国ですね、日本って・・・。^^;
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lycanthrope-bata Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012
ははは そこが日本的で良いのではないでしょうか。一見島国なので閉鎖的なイメージがある一方で、流入した新しい文化に手を加えて更に昇華させて行く・・・そうおもいませんか:3
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twilight-warriorcat Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012  Student General Artist
Haha nice, it looks really cool.
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SheltieWolf Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! ^^
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twilight-warriorcat Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012  Student General Artist
Of course :D
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Shadzerios Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow,... I wish to see those live some time. :3
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SheltieWolf Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes. You must come to Asia someday. It will be an amazing experience for you. :D
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animefreaknumber1 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012  Student Artist
Thats really cool
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SheltieWolf Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! :)
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animefreaknumber1 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Student Artist
your welcomz
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MagicWolfSpirit Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow!!Great job!!
More elaborate!!
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SheltieWolf Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! ^^
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MagicWolfSpirit Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
^^
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lalapubpub Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012
I 'have only seen lion and fox type during my Japan trip, can you share a google map's link to Sakuragawa Mitake Shrine in Itabashi Tokyo Japan ?
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SheltieWolf Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Not only Sakuragawa. It's only one of branches of Mitake shrine. If you went to Mitake shrine, you can look wolf's statures. The main of Mitake shrine is in Okutama. Okutama is mountain-foot of east Tokyo area.
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Phatmon Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thats amazing!
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SheltieWolf Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! :D
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Phatmon Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
your very welcome! :D
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darkwolf046 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012
Japan's wolf type look like very nice,If there is a chance, I want go to japan travel to see it ^^
And thank you sharing it~~
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SheltieWolf Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you. You must come to Japan someday. :)

狛犬 originally came from 宋. So, Japanese called them 唐狮子 when it was imported from China. ^^
I sometime looked a couple of lion statures. This one is a stature of 杭州岳飞庙. :)
I have one question about Chinese lions. They're sometimes hung a lovely red ribbon around the neck. Is that 护身符 or something?
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darkwolf046 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012
Yes,in after i surely go to Japan to see they:)
I think the red ribbon‘s effect is 辟邪(also can be said 护身符).because red is auspicious and can avoid some evil‘s color in China,but some location lions is not have red ribbon.^^
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SheltieWolf Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
原来如此。我在横滨中华街看了很多红色护身符卖的样子。狮子的红带也有相同的意思,对不对?:)
说真的,稲荷神社的狐都被扎红色的围裙啦。非常可爱哦。:D
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darkwolf046 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012
是的:)
稲荷神社的狐我找了图片看过,很美丽~
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SheltieWolf Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
我常常看让狐和狼扎围裙了的样子,可是没有看那样的狮子。狮子都粗胳膊,宽肩膀,身量很魁梧。我想围裙对牠们很不合适哦。哈哈。 :D
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darkwolf046 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012
红色的围裙真的很有意思呢
在我的学校门口也有狮子,不过相比起来他们稍微小一些:)
另外我也想问一个问题,日本的“犬神(inukami)”指的是狼吗?:)
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SheltieWolf Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
不是。犬神是死后被人操纵留在世间徘徊不去狗灵。 :)

狼们是在日本神话的神们之一。牠们叫[大口之真神](oo guchi no ma gami)
大神=ookami
大(oo) 神(kami)
日语在汉字里有两种读法。狼也有两种。来自古代中文的读法是[ろう( long → lou )].来自古代日语的读法是[おおかみ( ookami )]. :)
古代日本人做耕作可是没有畜牧。狼打鹿野猪等害兽(牠们把田地吃得乱七八糟)。所以古代日本人来说,狼是善良的兽类。^^
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psydemo Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
aint the japanese lion one called a haetae? oh sum like that? its half lion half bull dog? :/
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SheltieWolf Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What is haetae? There isn't such a word in Japanese. ^^;
And please read this journal. [link]
I explained about their figure.
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Zaluke Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012
So beautiful thank you for sharing this ;)
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SheltieWolf Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You are welcome! Thank you for reading my explanation! :D
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Zaluke Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012
Yes you deeply welcome :)
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Shizuri-chan Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
X33 cool,
the japaneese Lion is the prettiestXD
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