It is a very common cultural phenomenon from ancient times to modern times to worship lions and belittle tigers and govern Tigers with lions. Ancient Chinese people were threatened by tigers. They also heard that there was a kind of beast called lion in the distant place. They placed their hopes on the alien animals they did not know. They filled up the stories of tigers being crushed by lions with benevolent beasts and exported evil spirits for themselves, such as the meticulous "Guixin Miscellaneous Knowledge" in the late Song and early Yuan Dynasties. 》 The first kind of tiger, like a dog, is black and blue. Those who are painted by officials who think they are different from others are not true. The tribute was then led to the side of the tiger’s prison, where the tiger could see it, but they all stooped down and did not dare to move. The lion drowns in the head of the tiger, and the tiger dares not move.
Westerners are not lagging behind the Chinese in this respect. In the 19th century British paintings, lions hang tigers everywhere. According to the general knowledge of the British at that time, tigers were the symbol of the evil forces in the East, the villains who killed countless lives. On the contrary, lions represented Britain (although in fact there were no lions in Britain), and they were the tallest in nature. Kings, powerful as they are, never abuse force to harm innocent people – that’s bullshit, of course. The fact that lions cause far fewer cannibalism than tigers does not mean that it has never happened. Nothing is more famous than the Cannibal Lion Brothers (Fig. 6-9) who traveled across the Tsavo River in Kenya in 1898. During the construction of the Kenya-Uganda Railway, these sparsely maned male lions preyed on local construction workers recruited by the British authorities, allegedly killing 135 people before they were shot.