The Stone Lion

Why do so many houses have this type of lion statue somewhere in their grounds? Often marking an entrance?

What did this image teach me?

In Vietnam a lion statue is said to protect people in the home, in China they are seen as guardians. In Buddhist culture they are said to bring peace. Italians use them as a sign of prosperity. Elsewhere they are said to show off the fact that the home owner had paid off their mortgage.

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