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The lion recalls the power of God and guards the tomb against impious visitors and evil spirits. Like other guardians, the lion's watch is as eternal as the stone or bronze in which it is depicted. These felines also recall the courage and determination of the souls which they guard: they can be said to manifest the spirit of the departed.

See also foo dog.

Photo: Cypress Lawn, Colma, California
Copyright 1997 by Joel GAzis-SAx