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Lions have been associated with royalty, and with the sun, perhaps because of their golden colored manes and awesome grace and power. Courage, determination, nobility of character, leader¬ship and ferocity are the lion's characteristics. These animals are also identified with grandeur and generosity of spirit. The rampant lion is the most frequently represented of all animals in heraldry because of the attributes of this beast. The lion is often used as a symbol of royalty, and in many cultures it is considered the "King of the Beasts". In early Christianity, Jesus is seen to be the "King of Kings" and He is often represented by a lion. This giant cat is the symbol of St. Mark one of the apostles. The lion is mentioned many times in the Bible and the time when a lion lies down with a lamb is seen as the dawning of a New Age. Leo as he is known in astrology, is one of the twelve signs of the Zodiac and represents the sun.

courage

Widely known as the "king of the beasts," the lion has been used as a symbol of power by kings and royalty across the globe perhaps most notably in France and England. In Christianity, the lion symbolizes Christ.

power

The lion symbolizes courage and fearlessness. In ancient Egypt, the lion is associated with Sekhmet, a warrior goddess, and Maahes, a solar war god who was called "The Lord of the Massacre" or "Lord of Slaughter," titles that reflect his fierceness.

protection

In China since the Han Dynasty, pairs of stone lions called Shishi have been found guarding and protecting the entrances to Imperial palaces, temples, homes, offices, and businesses. Throughout Europe as well, carved lions often adorn gates and lion sculptures stand guard.

Example of known uses of lion

The royal arms of England

The royal arms of England

First appearing at the end of the 12th century in the seal of King Richard I, the three blue-tongued lions passant guardant in the royal arms of England symbolise the nation's bravery, strength and valour.

Peugeot

Peugeot

The king of beasts has been the emblem of the French car brand Peugeot for more than 150 years. In 1948, it morphed into its explicitly heraldic form, borrowed from the coat of arms of the Franche-Comté where the company is based.

Film Studio - MGM

Film Studio - MGM

MGM film studios famous logo is a roaring lion and has been in existence for nearly a century.

Peugeot cars

Peugeot cars

The famous French car brand and the second largest carmaker in Europe manufacturing its first car in 1891, showing a lion rampant on their logo. There is also a lion symbol for the Australian car manufacturer, Holden.

Las Vegas casino lion

Las Vegas casino lion

The MGM Grand Hotel of Las Vegas fame shows a well-lighted lion passant on the top of its many-floored building.

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