しーさー・しいさあ : shiisaa | define meaning
Region: Ryukyu (Okinawa)
- A Shisa or Shishi statue; A statue or decoration resembling a cross between a lion and a dog used to ward off evil spirits and welcome good ones. It is often seen in pairs placed by the front entrance or up on the rooftop of a house, store or temple, with one typically having its mouth open and the other, closed.
Derived from しーし【獅子】 shiishi (Yaeyama しーしー shiishii), a term used to refer to the Chinese mythological concept of lions or dog-lions, itself cognate to standard Japanese しし【獅子】 shishi, a "guardian dog-lion statue". Ultimately originating from Chinese 【石獅】 (cf. Mandarin shíshī "stone lion").
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