Number of posts : 121944 Location : Sovyatnik Registration date : 2006-04-06
Subject: Re: Religious Architecture Thu Mar 19, 2009 7:42 pm
Jizo statues in Chingodo Shrine, Asakusa, Tokyo
Jizo statues can be found all over Japan. It is believed that Jizo saves the souls of those in Hell, especially aborted, miscarried and stillborn babies. According to Japanese belief, children who die prematurely are sent to Hell because they have brought so much sadness to their parents. Most Jizo wear red bibs or hats made by mothers who hope that by offering them to Jizo, they can encourage him to take special care of their children's spirits. Occasionally, clothes are presented in thanks for illnesses believed to have been healed through the intervention of Jizo.