Chinese guardian lions are erected on the two sides of most graves in Bukit Brown. These ‘guarding’ lions always come in a pair, with the male resting his paw or playing with a ball, while the female takes care of a cub. More than a symbolic and decorative structure, these lions are believed to be protectors of a gravesite, with the ability to ward off lingering evil spirits.
Stone lions are also believed to bring about prosperity to the deceased and his family given that Chinese guardian lions are also known as fushi (福獅) or ‘fortuitous lions’. Apart from stone lions, graves in Bukit Brown are also guarded by other animals like eagles (Triple Tomb), lions, dogs etc. There are also many variants among stone guardian lions; some are fashioned differently, styled in the European image of a lion rather than the traditional Chinese styled temple Lion.