The Meaning of the Japanese Foo Dog Tattoo
Foo Dogs (Fu Dogs, Foo Lions, Guardian Lions, or Komainu) are the guardians of Buddhist Asian temples. These ancient sacred dogs are usually placed to the left and to the right of a temple entrance.
Many Chinese restaurants have placed Foo Dogs outside their restaurant doors and they are meant to protect the owner and their family. The meaning of the foo dog is to guard and to protect. They are believed to have powerful mythic protective powers. The meaning of a foo dog tattoo is therefore very similar, to protect it's bearer and guard against evil forces.
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