A Word a Week Challenge – Face
These are stone sculptures with images of babies commonly seen around buddhist temples. Jizō statues are popular in Japan as they believe that it can alleviate the suffering of both the living and those who have died. Jizō are also honoured by modern buddhist believers in Japan as the protector of the unborn, miscarried, still-born and aborted babies.
I have seen many of these statues but these photos were from a recent visit to a temple in Osaka. I liked these statues as the faces of the Jizō are more expressive and serene. And my favourite is the first photos where it showed both mother and baby, which I haven’t seen before.
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