Bodhisattva Jizō and Folk Religious Influences: Elements of Folk Religion in Jizō’s Understanding in Japan


  • Iva LAKIĆ PARAĆ Faculty for Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb



Bodhisattva Jizō, sae no kami, dōsojin, yama no kami, Japanese folk beliefs


In this paper I will focus on religious meanings that surround Bodhisattva Jizō and their connection with Japanese traditional folk religious beliefs and practices that have greatly influenced the present-day interpretation of the Jizō phenomena in Japan. Jizō is an ideal case for illustrating the functioning of religious currents in Japan and perfectly reveals how these currents were mutually complementary in the past and how they work today.


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LAKIĆ PARAĆ, Iva. 2016. “Bodhisattva Jizō and Folk Religious Influences: Elements of Folk Religion in Jizō’s Understanding in Japan”. Asian Studies 4 (1): 115-29.

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