• The Story of Shisa: The Okinawan Lion

    The Story of Shisa: The Okinawan Lion
    Where did Shisa come from? The origin of the name Shisa comes from 'Shishi' which comes from the Sanskrit word for lion, सिंह siṃha. In Yaeyama dialect, islands off the coast of Okinawa, the word is 'Shiishii' and Shisa has come to existence through that pronunciation. Around 6000 BC, statues of lions were sculpted as a symbol of strength in countries such as Egypt and India. The statues were brought to China through the silk road around the 14th century and then to Okinawa. Okinawa was once known as the Kingdom of the Ryukyus before being...
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