Jizo Bodhisattva, Protector Of Women, Children, And Travelers

“In Japan, some women find comfort in Jizo statues which line temples and cemeteries across the country. The statues are believed to be protectors of children and unborn babies in traditional Japanese Buddhist teachings. It is believed that as the babies did not have the chance to build up good karma on earth, Jizo helps smuggle the children into the afterlife in the sleeves of his robe. The statues are often dressed in warm clothes in the hope that they will do the same for their unborn child.” Read more via The Independent.

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    The statues are of Jizo, the most beloved Buddhist deity in Japan (And with many American Buddhist, too) He is the Bodhisattva (patron saint, in American lingo)and protector of women, babies, children and travelers in the earthly and spiritual realms.

    In Japan, it is not unusual to see these little memorial statues dressed with baby hats and bibs.

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