To Chinese people the tiger is deemed to be the king of all wild beasts. It is the emblem of magisterial dignity and sternness; model of courage and fierceness, danger and terror. Families use the image of the tiger to protect themselves and their home throughout the year. Tiger claw charms made out of Jade are worn by children for protection.
In ancient times its head was painted on shields of soldiers and on covers of port holes of forts. Tigers were embroidered on court robes as the insignia of grades of military officers. Chinese soldiers dressed in imitation tiger skins with tails and all and shouted with the roar of the tiger. Its body parts are considered to have medicinal powers and its prowess could scare evil demons away.
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