Lots Of Temple Statues

Every temple or shrine you go to has statues of animals or deities to protect it from mysterious forces. I like seeing all of the different kinds, and often snap photos of them.

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There are the typical lions.

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This one almost seems like he’s smiling.

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I thought from far away it was a monkey, but it turned out to be another lion.

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Here’s a funny statue of Ebisu, one of the gods of good fortune. Some statues are so old and worn away that it’s a mystery to what they originally were. Like this one.

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It looks like an alien now. Some get scarier too.

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All of these are from temples around Kakuda. For some reason there are a ton of temples and shrines here. I’ve been to so many, but I still haven’t seen them all.

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Filed under Japan, Kakuda, Tradition

2 responses to “Lots Of Temple Statues

  1. Tom

    I also think the statues are interesting.

    Your post got me wondering why lions are used as statues, and the answer is here:
    http://www.onmarkproductions.com/html/shishi.shtml

  2. That website is interesting. I knew they were there to protect from something, I just didn’t know what. Did you know that when you see fish statues that have tiger heads (Shachihoko) on the roofs of temples or castles it’s to protect from fire.

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