Tiger hat

For special occasions, Chinese mothers dress their young children in hats representing powerful animals such as tigers. It was believed that tigers frightened away evil spirits and ensured a prosperous future. While fierce in nature, the tiger on this hat is portrayed as non-hostile and charming. Behind each ear is a beautiful embroidered butterfly symbolizing happiness.


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If a festival hat was made for you, which animal would you choose and which of its qualities would you hope were transmitted to you?

responded: Sep 21, 2011

Posted by Som Kong

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If a festival hat was made for me, the animal that I would choose and of its qualities I would be the Ram. Not because it is associated with Ryerson's mascot, Woot Woot! but because the animal symbolises of: Power, Force, Drive, Energy, Virility, Protection, Fearlessness. A look into mythology will reveal the ram was associated with many gods over time. In ancient Egypt the god Amun-Ra took on the persona of Khnum, the creator god who was always depicted with a ram's head. Another interesting fact, in Scandinavia, Thor was close with the ram, and was fabled to use rams to pull his chariot.

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