Growing up in Hawaii… (or in terms of the Victorian Era – The Sandwich Islands) we had a unique window to many cultures that shared our island home. Foo dogs were a common sight in and around town. I remember one our school visits to the Honolulu Art Academy. Two Foo dogs guarded the entrance to the wing of Asian art.
The guide explained to us that while the Foo Dogs look alike, they are actually Male and Female.
How do you tell the difference?
Look under their raised paws.
There is a baby beneath one of their paws.
In the picture to the right it is the image on the right side. That is the mother/female.
So, the next time you pass by a pair of these rather fearsome creatures, take a moment to find the baby playing beneath the gentle touch of its mother.