2015/04/10

Jizo Legends 01

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Legends about Jizo Bosatsu - 地蔵菩薩 - 01



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- - - - - Aichi 愛知県

okama Jizoo お釜地蔵 Jizo and the cooking pot



Once upon a time
there was evil mother who tried to kill her child by boiling it in a huge pot. But
suddenly, Jizo sama appeared to act as a substitute for her kid.
The evil mother clearned up her act and mind when she saw Jizo standing in the hot water.
Since then it is said that this Okama Jizo protects the children .

- source and more photos : Aoi san on facebook -


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- - - - - Fukui 福井県

敦賀市 Tsuruga 赤崎区 Akasaki ward

There are special prayer groups for the Deity of the Mountain、Yama no Shinko 山の神講.
When a new home is built, the children all come together and run to the 大日堂 Hall of Dainichi, clad only in a loincloth (and nowadays white pants) and carrying thick ropes. At the Hall their leader puts a rope he had carried around his waist on the roots of the sacred 松の木 pine tree.



Then all the other kids put their シト / つと (shito) tsuto there. Then they all go into the hall and smear a special sacred paste made from rice, water and sake, called shitogi シトキ / しとぎ on their bodies. This act signifies to become a Jizo.
The Deity of the Mountains is seen of a "Monster of the Night" (yoru no mamono 夜の魔物).
This ceremony is supposed to appease him and keep the children safe.

- source : www.city.tsuruga.lg.jp

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- - - - - Fukushima 福島県

福島市 Fukushima

Kazafuki Jizoo son 風吹地蔵尊 Jizo from Kazafuki

The 16th day of the 3rd lunar month is the day of Jizo at the local temple. Already one week before the festival the impatient children from the local grammar school come here to play. During that time they are allowed to do anything they like with the Jizo.
On the "floating festival" day, Toonagashi トーナガシ, the water of the canal is stopped for a while, then the statue of Jizo, all naked, gets a rope around its head and is lowered into the water to let flow. The children have to pull the rope to hold it back.
Then one day someone washed the Jizo on the festival day and brought him to the shrine 神社. But after that his grandmother became ill and had to stay in bed.


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- - - - - Miyagi 宮城県

. amazake Jizoo 甘酒地蔵 Jizo and sweet rice wine .
and the death of Date Munekiyo 伊達河内守宗清 (1600 - 1634)

. awamochi 粟餅を食った地蔵様 Jizo Bosatsu eating Millet Mochi .


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- - - - - Nagano 長野県

佐久市 Saku town

Roku Jizo 六地蔵尊 The Six Jizo

During the Edo period, there was an epidemic in the region. So the local Lord Nezu 祢津 had six Jizo taken to Edo to quell the spread of the disease. The statues were very heavy and difficult to transport over the many passes, especially 碓氷峠 Usui Pass in Gunma.
But on his way back when the disease had gone and he crossed the pass again, the Jizo statues felt really light.

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- - - - - Nara 奈良県

三宅町 Mitake

. oote kure Jizoo おうてくれ地蔵さん Carrying a Jizo piggyback .

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- - - - - Okayama 岡山県

asekaki Jizo sama 汗かき地蔵さま
eboshi o kabutta O-Jizo san 綿帽子をかぶったお地蔵さん
kubikiri Jizo 首切り地蔵

more tba
. Legends from Okayama 岡山の民話と伝説 .

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- - - - - Saitama 埼玉県

岩槻市 Iwatsuki

Once upon a time
a samurai from 浦和市 Urawa got very drunk on sake.
He took his sword and cut off his nose, shouting "If Jizo has a soul 魂, he should now come here and show it to me"!
But after that misfortune happened constantly to his family. When the clan was almost at the end of its wits, they begun to offer rice to Jizo every year on the 24th day of the 7th lunar month.
The 24th day of each month is considered the ennichi 縁日 prayer day for Jizo.



. sakenomi Jizoo 酒飲み地蔵 Jizo having a drink of Sake - statue .

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- - - - - Tochigi 栃木県

After a drinking party a drunk hunter once threw his hunting dog and a Jizo statue into the lake. The Jizo began to swim on the water, grabbed the poor dog and brought him back to the shore.

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. Iwafunesan 岩船山 高勝寺 Iwafune-San Kosho-Ji .
shooshin Jizoo 生身の地蔵 living Jizo Igaboo 伊賀坊 Igabo, Iga-Bo
and Guseiboo Myoogan 弘誓坊 明願 Guseibo Myogan from Mount Daisen, Tottori

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- - - - - Tokyo 東京都

. hoozuki 鬼燈 - 鬼灯 - ほうずき Chinese lantern plant .


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- - - - - 和歌山県

みなべ町 Manabe

On the steep road in front of 嘉道地蔵さん Yoshimichi Jizo many people came to fall but nobody was ever injured. Jizo always picked them up and brought them back to the road safely.
Once a drunk old man on his bicycle fell into the river, but even he got away safely and without injuries.


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草取地蔵,オツナ地蔵
入山の地蔵,アメップリ地蔵
手なし地蔵,北向き地蔵
地蔵菩薩,夜泣地蔵
言成地蔵,(夢のお告げ),(祟り)
婆と石地蔵
子育て地蔵 . . and many more

地蔵菩薩 18 / 地蔵尊 46 / 地蔵 595
yokai database 妖怪データベース - 01 / 595
- source : www.nichibun.ac.jp


Sake and Jizo 酒 - reference
- source : www.nichibun.ac.jp

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