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Lion of Sigiryia


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Lion Paws at Sigiriya Lion Paws at Sigiriya

Shortly after the frescoes, one comes to a small plateau that was once guarded by a lion. Not a living lion but a rock lion. To reach the top of Lion’s Rock in Sigiriya today, one must pass through the giant paws of a lion, a lion that once existed in mythical proportions. I imagine it had a few roles. I imagine it was there as a warning to waring nomads that a powerful ruler resided atop the rock. I imagine it was considered a guardian to protect the ancient city for which it was a passage. I imagine it was there to announce to the world that the ruler had a lion as his spirit guardian.

In the time of days faded into history, it is believed that visitors had to walk into the lion’s mouth and through it’s throat. What a marvel that must have…

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