Buddhist Mythology

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JIZO

Japanese Protection God

Also known as JIZO BOSATSU, O-JIZO-SAMA

Picture of the Buddhist Protection God Jizo from our Buddhist mythology image library. Illustration by Chas Saunders.

Protector of Travelers and their souls

The most highly esteemed Bosatsu, he is capable of rescuing souls from Hell and is therefore extremely popular. He is a protector of road travelers and especially protective towards children, which is nice to know.

Jizo appears to jingle a lot — he has rings on his staff to warn of approach.

Jizo Facts and Figures

Name: Jizo
Pronunciation: Coming soon
Alternative names: JIZO BOSATSU, O-JIZO-SAMA

Gender: Male
Type: God
Celebration or Feast Day: Unknown at present

In charge of: Protection
Area of expertise: Protection

Good/Evil Rating: NEUTRAL, may not care
Popularity index: 512

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Article last revised on September 20, 2018 by Rowan Allen.
Editors: Peter J. Allen, Chas Saunders

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