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Foo creatures (which typically have both canid and felid features) carrying protective swords are recurring motif in some parts of Taiwan. This blog post catalogs a number of foo guardians with swords at the ready that are visible out the outsides of buildings in the Taiwanese city of Tainan. Although these images are only decades old, according that blog ...


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Probably the oldest imagery of an animal carrying a sword in its mouth to fight with comes from, interestingly enough, The New Testament—specifically Revelations—or interpretations thereof. One common feature of Christian iconography is association of Jesus with lambs. He is portrayed as a shepherd, ministering to his "flock" of disciples and followers; ...


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