Saviour of Souls

imageIn the Butsu-den—the main temple building—at Kencho-ji, sits an unusually large statue of Jizo.

The story goes that the site of this temple was once an execution ground, and, as one of Jizo’s tasks is to save the souls of those who have “fallen into hell”, he now sits doing just that.

Source: An English Guide to Kamakura’s Temples and Shrines, Kenji Kamio and Heather Willson, 2008, Ryokufu Shuppan, Inc.

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