Ah, did you know that Shias can be found on the houses and temples in Okinawa? I bet not or maybe you did. They are said to be protectors from evil spirits. They are guardian dogs/lions with both female and male energy. Got to love the cultural artifacts that I find in my travels. I tend to decorate my scared spaces with many items that I collect. Let's see, the patch from Antarctica, a piece of Connemara marble, a camel notecard from Dubai, boxes of soap that I bought in Mozambique to name some of my many treasures. Each one has a story and I was drawn to the items for a reason. Love keeping the energy of my travels with me!