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Wind Lion God
Wind Lion God
Date: 2009-06-06
 

 

Wind Lion God
Wind Lion God

In Kinmen, apotropaic items are commonly installed in daily surroundings. This can be explained as an immediate response to a combined aguish of the locals against environmental severity and war-related devastation. The most eminent type of talisman may be the beast-like statue, what-called Wind Lion God, or fengshiye(風獅爺), which are erected around the boarder of a village or at mouths of rivers. They are believed to hold special power that can avert evil and bring good fortunes to inhabitants of an entire village. On the contrary, talismans found in residential dwellings almost all have one major purpose, that is, to ward off wicked spirits. Accordingly, talismanic mirrors are hung high on the house front; ceramic general figures, censers and roosters stand upright on the roof; inscribed stones are inlaid onto the wall——all in all only to ensure a meticulous system of security.


Wind Lion God
Zhonglan Wind Lion God
Zhonglan Wind Lion God
Zhonglan Wind Lion God
According to historical records, Kinmen was originally an island full of green forests. However, the first arrivals to the island more than a thousand years ago began to develop the land for agriculture. In addition, more than 300 years of rebellions and reckless deforestation left much of the area without vegetation. Strong winter monsoon winds blew the topsoil off. Sand dunes began to develop, creating devastating sand storms. To protect against these storms, wind lion god(spirit lion statues) were built. These statues were made in a variety of styles and shapes depending on their purpose. They were placed in front of the village or set into walls. These statues provide a glimpse of the local customs and folk beliefs of the island’s early inhabitants.

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