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Description: Animals as metaphors: The way of the Lion (the logo)

The lion is known as the "king of beasts." It lives in groups called prides. Although most lions are clumsy hunters by themselves, they have acquired an excellent cooperative hunting technique. The lion is both graceful and powerful. The female are the best hunters while the male protects the pride against predators. Lions kill only what they need to survive. They do not fight for the sake of fighting. They avoid confrontations and will leave the scene of danger if possible.
The lion is a symbol of the sun and of gold, of overpowering brightness. The Egyptions believed that the lion was a symbol of the sun-god Mitrhra and presided over the annual life-giving floods of the Nile. The Buddha is "the Lion of the Shakyas" and Christ "the Lion of Judah." Muhammed's son-in-law, Ali, whom the Shi'ites honor, is the Lion of Allah (the old Iranian flag displayed a crowned lion). Many divinities are depicted as riding or seated upon lions. Some Christian graves were decorated with lions that served as a symbol of resurrection.

The lion is associated with balancing power, intention, physical strength, and grace. It is also related to the assertion of feminine energy to bring forth birth and new power. As a symbol of justice, the lion stands for physical and spiritual power.

The lion serves as the icon for The Ring of Valor program as a whole.


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