Jizo Zodiac

Jizo Zodiac

When I was going to a temple, I noticed a stone statue with red fabric. So, I got closer to it and found out it was a jizo which is one of the most popular Buddhist bodhisattvas in Japan. Many Jizo statues wear a red baby’s cap and bib which people offer because they believe Jizo helps dead children go to the Buddhist equivalent of Heaven. There were 12 of them at the temple. A monk from the temple told me that they were represented the Chinese zodiac. The animals are: the rat, ox, tiger, hare, dragon, serpent, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog and boar (some of them are the legendary creature). This is a serpent. A baby who was born this year, the baby’s zodiac is a serpent. If you pray in front of the jizo which is your Chinese zodiac, your dream comes true. They are getting popular in Japan. So, you will see them more often than before. Find out what is your animal symbol and pray in front of the jizo.

Jizo Zodiac

02. April 2013 by Katsuyuki
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