Monday, September 26, 2005

What's That You Shui?



With an increasing Asian population in Metropolitan Washington, I've been noticing for some time that the yard statuary of the past has taken on new forms. Lawn jockeys have given way to Buddahs and St. Francis has transformed into Fu Dogs.




There is one house I stumbled across in suburban Maryland that takes it's Feng Shui seriously. It started with a pair of oversized Fu Dogs then other embellishments appeared over time.





.....Fu dogs at the Imperial Palace, Forbidden City, Bejing


Fu (or Foo) Dogs are guardian lions considered myt
hical protetectors that have traditionally stood in front of Chinese imperial palaces and emperors' tombs since the Han Dynasty of 206 B.C. The lions are presented in pairs. To the intruder's right is the male lion, with his right paw on a globe, representing his "feeling the pulse of the earth." To the intruder's left is the female lion, essentially identical in appearance, but playing with her cub at her left paw. The male of the pair is said to guard the structure, while the female protects those inside. Following the beliefs of Feng Shui, these dogs draw wealth and prosperity. Quan Yin (or Kwan Yin) is a Goddess of Prosperity as well. She is also a protector of mothers and children.




...small Fu dogs at the door. Two overscaled Quan Yin to the right.



I expect to see the Publisher's Clearinghouse Prize Patrol pulling up any day now with a door-sized check. If they don't? Fu YOU, E
d McMahon.

14 Comments:

Blogger MKD said...

I totally getting one for my condo. The board-of-condo-people won't notice. I'm sure of it.

Glad you got the pix to work!

5:44 PM  
Blogger MKD said...

*am* I forgot that word.

5:45 PM  
Blogger ThaiMex1 said...

It truly fascinates me the way people will decorate their yards. It's as if you are peeking into a part of 'them'. What better way to display your devotion on your sleeve than to have it, instead, on your lawn.

I can hardly wait, Cube, to see if/when they decorate for the Christmas Holidays.

Imagine all the oriental artifacts joined with a Plastic-lit Santa, Reindeer sled, and those garish, giant christmas tree bulbs.

9:06 PM  
Blogger KOB said...

I wonder what the ancient Greeks would think of our cheesy culture. This is a great theme Cube. It's book material.

10:17 PM  
Anonymous Dave EE o said...

Cubic, you're filling me with visions of the Glories of Eternity with your Temple Dogs... Quan or Gou are Chinese words for dog, it's a sign of fidelity... I'm sure you know that to protect the home and family, the raised paw is always inside, or inboard as (former) Marines say, like the Anchors on the Eagle Globe and Anchor insignia... one symbol of strength and eternal faithfulness for another... Fido and Semper Fi, ... woof !

10:23 PM  
Anonymous washingtoncube said...

Thai: They already have decorated the dogs for the holidays last year. They have strings of colored lights around their necks. I'm already gearing up for some hot spots of kitsch come Christmas time. Can you say Baltimore?

KOB: Thank you. Funny you should mention the Greeks. I'm reading Ausonius right now (4 B.C.) I know that makes me sound like a total Greek geek, but there ya go.

Dave: I love what you wrote, you former Marine. Semper Fido to you :)

11:15 PM  
Anonymous drew said...

The the haze of a flu/cold having arrived yesterday, I submit that we should reward this passive relgeous zeal somehow -- it beats the heck out of blowing one's self up (martyrdom) for a handful of virgins.

But... what do I know?

Excellent blogging, Cube! I remain fixated and fascinated by your discoveries and actualizations.

9:16 AM  
Anonymous drew said...

"The the?" Uggh.

mkd? It's contagious -- now I messed up my words. *g*

Poetic irony aside, I meant "THROUGH the haze of a flu/cold"

*sniffle-whimper*

9:18 AM  
Blogger cuff said...

Where's this house? I wanna steal these lions for my own place, because I could use some spare cash. I have a basement to fix and a kid in daycare.

11:40 AM  
Blogger Phil said...

We have discussed erecting a marble statue of Kenny Rogers and Larry Holmes shaking hands outside of our HQ, approximately 15' tall. I think it would make a nice entrance, and would be a testament to 'brotherhood'.

12:58 PM  
Blogger ThaiMex1 said...

I wouldn't reveal the address to the front yard, Cube...someone may get the idea of taking Quan or Gou and having pictures of them taken while on vacation. Imagine recieving postcards from various parts of the globe featuring your yard-art...would be JUST as silly as taking Easter Peeps on trips to Key West {snicker}

Good-night, Chesty Puller, wherever you are!!!

T-Bob Quadrilateral Pants

4:15 PM  
Blogger DC Cookie said...

The fu dog in the third picture looks like he's getting a little bit friendly with the random orb on which he's perched.

Travelocity might want to revise its ad campaign to include 'traveling fu dogs' along with the gnomes...

5:57 PM  
Blogger MissThi said...

These are far better than the air puffed and lit from the inside larger-than-life patriots players on some of the lawns around here.
When I moved out to the countryside, I expected to see far less of these than people had in Greenfield (western MA has an over-abundance of snowmen, giant pumpkins, gas jockeys, etc, and I have, but the sports fever is a lot higher out here.

Lee

9:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Christmas is just around the corner. No time to go to the mall...then do your shopping online. We sell everything that the mall sells. Shop today!

1:07 PM  

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