The TigerÂ is a potent symbol across Asia in many cultures and has long been aÂ fixtureÂ inindigenousÂ tattooing in India, Burma, Thailand, Cambodia,Indonesia, Malaysia, China and Japan.Â TigersÂ are associated with power, ferocity, passion andÂ sensuality, beauty and speed, cruelty and wrath. The appearance of a tiger in a dream may signal that new power or passion may awaken within you.
The Koreans callÂ the tigerÂ the ‘King of the Animals’. In Hinduism the god Shiva, in his aspect of the destroyer, is depicted wearing a tiger skin and riding a tiger.Â The tigerÂ is generally seen as a symbol of power and strength, but also of destruction and violence.Â The tigerÂ can be a symbol of both life and death, evil and evil’s senseless or destructive power. In China, tiger images are used as charms to ward off evil. StonetigersÂ are common protective guards outside of buildings and houses. At the time of the Chou dynasty, images ofÂ tigersÂ were hung in pregnant woman’s rooms to protect the unborn baby. In some areasÂ tigersÂ are thought to punish sinners, in the name of a supreme being, by attacking them.