Jizo the Guardian Deity of children
In Japan, “Jizo” are familiar from childhood as the Guardian deity of children as in Japanese folk tales, but few people know the origin of Jizo and why they are enshrined in various places.
Jizo’s original name is "Jizo Bodhisattva" in Buddhism. And Bodhisattva is in second hierarchy to the top Tathagata.
Jizo Bodhisattva is considered as divine existence that saves the suffering of the people in this world while it requires long long years from disappear of Buddha Tathagata up to the appearance of the next Tathagata.
Jizo Bodhisattva with an infinite mercy heart saves people benevolently in order from weak.
For that reason, Jizo is considered as a guardian deity of children, and is often served with sweets.
At the Mizuko memorial service, people believe Jizo will take soul of Mizuko to paradise. Many people celebrate Jizo at home.
Variety of Jizo
There are various kind of Jizo enshrined such as in local shrines, temples or in roadside. There are also unique Jizo as followings.
The Makeup Jizo in the Gyokuhoji temple, where many people come to pray for their beautiful skin. Its origin is an anecdote that the priest of the temple once tried to repair Jizo that had exposed in rain and wind long time with patting white powder onto the Jizo, it returned to a beautiful Jizo figure and at the same time bruise on the priest’s face disappeared beautifully.
The Melted Jizo enshrined in the Daienji temple was pulled up from the sea by fishermen and has an appearance like melted on its face and body. People believe in this Jizo as it can dissolve and clear up their trouble.
Salt Jizo in the Genkuji temple: in old days, people who hurt their teeth came to pray for healing with offering salt, and when they were cured, they thanked with offering double salt. Since then people come to pray for healing with serving salt.
"Face powder Jizo"
Face powder Jizo in the Banryuji temple: it is believed that you will become beautiful if you pray for with coating the face powder onto Jizo’s face and put rest powder onto your face.
Botamochi is a Japanese rice dumpling covered with bean jam. Botamochi Jizo enshrined in Choenji temple has an anecdote that: in old days, Jizo who has transformed into a human child, visited with Botamochi to a mother and child who have suffered from poor fertility after birth and faced the danger of life, and the mother who ate it became well and could serve good milk to the child then the child got well as well. Since then people come to this Jizo to pray for children grow up well with offering Botamochi.
Jizo is well-known, familiar and believed in various places. You can also enshrine Jizo at home.
We sell Mizuko Jizo for Mizuko memorial service. There are various sizes, from palm-sized mini Jizo to large Jizo with pedestal.
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