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Sunday, August 12, 2007

Saint Jizo



by Issa

Dr,David comment.
Jizo^ is the beloved guardian deity of children. As Gabi Greve notes, Jizo^ is not a "saint" in the strictest sense, since saints are human beings. On the other hand, Jizo^ certainly is a supernatural helper of humans. It is because of this aspect of saintliness that I add "Saint" to the name in my translation: to let Western readers who might not know who Jizo^ is understand at least that he is a helpful religious figure. Most statues of Jizo hold a jewel in the left hand. This one also holds a plum.

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2 comments:

Visnja McMaster, Croatia said...

Dear Sakuo,
I'm a first-time visitor here, and oh, what a find! Congratulations on your excellent work! I've been subscribed to the daily Issa for some time: visiting your blog will be as much fun again.
With very best wishes,
visnja

sakuo said...

Thank you,visnja san for your visiting and warm comment.
Daily Issa gives me good imaginations.

sakuo.