The TigerÂ is a potent symbol across Asia in many cultures and has long been aÂ fixtureÂ in indigenous tattooing in India, Burma, Thailand, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, China and Japan. Tigers are associated with power, ferocity, passion and sensuality, beauty and speed, cruelty and wrath. The appearance of a tiger in a dream mayÂ signalÂ 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 isgenerallyÂ 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. Stone tigers are common protective guards outside of buildings and houses. At the time of the ChouÂ dynasty, images of tigers were hung in pregnant woman’sÂ roomsÂ to protect the unbornÂ baby. In some areas tigers are thought to punish sinners, in the name of a supreme being, by attacking them.