#205 Shisa

These statues are seen at the entrances to shrines.

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They look like a mixture between a lion and a dog which is from Okinawan mythology.

They are always in pairs – one with a closed mouth and one with an open mouth.

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The open mouth wards off evil spirits and the closed mouth keeps the good spirits in.

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They’re a little bit like gargoyles

They’re even sometimes put on rooftops and near houses as a good luck charm.

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