June 12, 2017

Hell's Jizō Ema

Yata-dera Temple, Nakagyō-ku, Kyōto
Fujifilm Finepix X100

The main icon of Yata-dera Temple (矢田寺) is the statue of a Hell's Jizō (代受苦地蔵, daijuku-jizō). The character depicted by the statue is said to have placed himself into the flames of hell. The statue was enshrined to save the sinners who dwell in hell. This little story explain the very fiery designs of ema tablets (絵馬) and other votive offerings found in this temple.

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