Painting in the Bektashi Tekke (Teqe) of Detroit
showing Haji Bektash Veli (centre) riding not a lion, but a rock, according to a famous Bektashi legend.
The saint on the lion is Karaja Ahmed, and he has a snake
Haji Bektash however, by riding an inanimate rock, shows himself to be a more powerful saint !
Note the angels in the sky: Bektashi, Sufi and Christian iconographies overlap.
photo by Zana Banci