Our guide was very superstitious. She knew enough to say that lions are dangerous. She reasoned that you should never even take your photo with the statue of a lion or it could bring danger to your doorstep. How like an unbeliever to not understand that the Lion of Judah is also as gentle as a lamb and we fear not when we are beside him.
Interestingly, all the lion statues in the Forbidden City had balls under their paws. The balls symbolize the world. Indeed, the Lion of Judah does hold the earth in its orbit. The ancient Chinese seem to be so close to the truth, and yet miss the mark.