Japanese Jizo Statue at Kiyomizu-dera Temple

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James Blake Wiener
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published on 11 January 2018

This jizo statue is located at the Kiyomizu-dera Temple in Kyoto, Japan. The jizo are Bodhisattvas and thus the protectors of the weak, injured, travelers, women, and unborn children. A large number of jizo statues commemorate children who passed away or died at birth. They are commonly found throughout Japan, especially around temples and graveyards.



About the Author

James Blake Wiener
James is a writer and former Professor of History. He holds an MA in World History with a particular interest in cross-cultural exchange and world history. He is a co-founder of Ancient History Encyclopedia and its Communications Director.

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