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China – The Forbidden City

In China it is located in the Forbidden City of Beijing precisely in its capital, Beijing.

For nearly five hundred years, from the Ming dynasty to the end of the Qing dynasty, it was the official residence of China’s emperors and their court, as well as the ceremonial and political center of the Chinese government. Today it is a tourist attraction that houses the Palace Museum.


    The Flower of Life in China

    The Flower of Life symbol has been revered by cultures throughout the world throughout history as a symbol of the essence of life.

    The statues of the guardian lions, also known as Shishi or Fu-dog, are always presented in pairs representing yin and yang. The yang, or masculine energy, is found by tilting its paw over a sphere with the symbol of the flower of life. In imperial contexts, representing supremacy over the world. On the other hand, the Yin, or feminine energy, has a puppy on its back, representing upbringing.

    Guardians of Leon and the sphere of the Flower of Life
    Guardians of Leon and the sphere of the Flower of Life

    They have traditionally remained in front of Chinese imperial palaces, imperial tombs, government offices, temples, and homes of government officials and the wealthy, dating back to the Han Dynasty (206 BC-AD 220), and it was believed that granted powerful protective benefits in addition to being considered the keeper of knowledge

    Forbidden City Lion Guardians
    Lion guardians at the entrance of the Forbidden City temple in Beijing

    The shape of Chinese lions varied greatly during their early history in China, the appearance, pose, and accessories of the lion being standardized and formalized during the Ming and Qing dynasties until reaching roughly the modern form.

    Aunque de todas las representaciones de este símbolo, la del Osirión de Abidos, Egipto sería la más antigua que se conoce hasta el momento.

    It has also been found in Spain, Scotland, Austria, Turkey, Israel, India, Mexico, among others.