In Vietnamese culture, dog is a loyal animal that believed to bring luck. Normal dog is considered as “Yang”, while its “Yin” counterpart is the stone dog. The worship of stone dog is shown in many ways, Vietnamese people usually bury it in front of their house as a token of luck and wellbeing, or put it on the altar as a deity. The household stone dogs are small and has a gentle appearance, in contrast to the ones at temples, communal houses.
According to feng shui, the burying or “nurturing” stone dog has be carried our carefully, because once set, it’s very hard to left the dog since this act is believed to bring bad luck. While many places have other guardian animals, there are regions that still keeping the tradition of burying stone dog. The forms of worshipping this animal in different regions may vary. In some places, people don’t eat dogs because they’re considered holy deity and help warding off evil. To the Dao people, the image of dog is shown in their clothing, Co Tu people even believe that upon hearing a bark while in the forest, one must find a stone that shapes like a dog because it’s the incarnation of the Stone Dog God from the sky.