Fom our blog in Japan and International
January 20, 2016
A small portion of Japanese people are actually Buddhists â as a purpose of serving to their religious beliefs and sustaining Japanâs history with Buddhism, there are still a range of Buddha statues across the nation.
You can tell how old the statues are by the way they are made. The ones that have been carved out of wood are usually the most ancient. Usually, it takes a professional to sculpt the Buddha, since the Buddha-making comes with extremely meticulous rules. However the six I spotted today were apparently made by normal civilians 400 years back. Therefore itâs clear to the eye that the characteristics lie in their free expression of the making. I got to take a look at the Senshu Kannon (1000-armed kannon) with only two arms, and the Jyuichimen Kannon (11-faced Kannon) with only one face.
Apparently the people back then adapted the characteristics of the people who lived in the area, and the rather normal features that the Buddha holds seemed to reveal that pretty well.
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