Shisa Guardian- Taketomi, Yaeyama Islands, Japan

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The shiva (lion-dog) statues were first brought to Okinawa from China in the 14th century. These figures are believed to ward off evil spirits and were originally used as guardians to residences and shrines.
The shiva (lion-dog) statues were first brought to Okinawa from China in the 14th century. These figures are believed to ward off evil spirits and were originally used as guardians to residences and shrines.
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