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: Jan 22, 2012

Posted by Cathy

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If a festival hat were to be made for me, I would be an elephant. The symbol of the elephant really intrigues me because of the many qualities it is said to portray. For example, the elephant deals with many traits such as strength, honor, stability, and patience, which in a lot of cases are characteristics I would like to think I hold or wish to hold one day. In the world of dreams, as a dream animal, the elephant comes into our dreams, which is said to mean that we are able to overcome any obstacle that is given to us. When you dream that you are riding an elephant, it is said that you have the likelihood to be the leader in your family and that others depend heavily on you. In the Hindu religion the symbol of the elephant is found in the form Ganesha. The elephant is the largest and strongest animal in the forest yet they are gentle and vegetarians, which suggests that they do not eat to kill. Elephants are very affectionate and loyal to his keeper. Ganesha, though a powerful Deity, is similarly loving and forgiving and moved by the affection of his devotees. At the same time, the elephant can destroy a whole forest when provoked. Like the elephant, Ganesha is the most powerful and can e ruthless when containing evil. In Chinese art, elephants are a symbol of wisdom and strength. The elephant is also considered to be a sacred animal in Buddhist traditions. Buddha is often seen riding an elephant. The world for elephant in Chinese is written and pronounced the same as the Chinese word for “sign” or “things to come”.
 

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