The Fu Dogs are a pair of ancient symbols which are half lion and half dragon. Out of the two, one of them is a male and the other is a female. The male in this pair holds the world upon his paw and the female has a cub under the left paw. These pair of lions is commonly used as decorative and symbolic items at the entrances to restaurants and hotels with each one sitting on the either side of the entrance. They are a recurrent symbol in China and you can see them in many Chinese buildings around the world.
These pair of lions has the ability to discover the intentions of the people entering into the house. The lions prevent the people with bad intentions harm you in any manner. The lions are made out of decorative stones such as marble or granite. There is a high cost required in the making of these lions and also numerous labours along with. This made the Fu Dogs restricted to wealthy people only in ancient times. Indeed, a traditional symbol of a family’s wealth or social status was the placement of guardian lions in front of the family home. Presently, in modern times, these lions are manufactured at a relatively low cost with the use of concrete and are hence available to a normal person also.
These pair of lions represents the yin and the yang, with the female representing the yin whiles the male representing the yang. Symbolically, the female fu lion protects those dwelling inside, while the male guards the structure. Sometimes you will also find the mouth of the female closed while the mouth of the male open. Astrologer’s state that the male is said to inhale representing life while the female exhales, representing death.
According to Feng Shui, the correct placement of these lions is equally important to ensure benefit. When looking out of a building through the entrance to be guarded, looking in the same direction as the lions, the male is placed on the left and the female on the right. So when looking at the entrance from outside the building, facing the lions, the male lion with the ball is on the right and the female with the cub is on the left.