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rat guardian with bag of rice
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rat guardian with bag of rice
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From: Matt on 2011-09-14 04:44:36
If you have enough grain in your storehouse for rats to be a real problem, it means you probably aren't starving. I don't know if that's the symbolism for rats with bags of rice as shrine guardians, but I wouldn't be surprised.
From: Matt on 2011-10-03 11:00:02
Note that this guardian has its mouth open, which is usual for the guardian on the *right* as you face the shrine, whether it's a rat, the more usual lion, or anything else. The guardian on the *left* (next photo) usually has its mouth closed.