In religion and mythology
Narasimha, the fourth incarnation of Lord Vishnu was half-man (Nara) and half-lion (Simha). He killed a demon named Hiranyakashipu.
Goddess Durga, the fierce form of the Goddess Parvati, is often depicted as a warrior-Goddess, who destroys demons. She is referred to as ‘Sheravali’ in the northern parts of the country, as her vahana is a lion.
A black coloured lion is the vahana of Rahu, the serpent navagraha.