Richard told me today on our adventure that elephants in a doorway of a business represent sucking up ,money/business, as a elephant does to water with its trunk. If a lion is in the doorway (mostly at banks) it also represents the eating of money, as well as the protection of the money by the lion. There is also a figurine in many homes that is one of the leaders of the three kingdoms, an ancient Chinese myth. This leader represents honesty, loyalty, and vicious fighting to protect his kingdom. This represents the familial bonds in the Chinese home structure.
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