Cultural properties

Wooden Enma Ten-i Statue and wooden Gusho Shinza Statue

As attendant statues of the principal image of Jizo Bosatsu, Enma Ten-i Statue on the right and Gusho Shinza Statue on the left are enshrined inside the Jizo-do Hall of Hirabori Village in Tsugawa District.
Both statues were probably built in the late Kamakura period and are made of katsura wood.

The Enma Ten-i Statue shows a chief god of hell and the underworld, wearing a 73 cm tall crown. The statue sits on a stand and glares with bulging eyes, opening its mouth with rage. Local residents called it Jiji (Grandpa).

The Gusho Shinza Statue shows a goddess that constantly records people’s rights and wrongs in life and reports the deeds to King Enma after a person dies. The statue is 85 cm tall and sitting with one knee drawn up with its tightened mouth and strained eyes. Local residents called it Baba (Grandma).

Both were probably worshipped in the Jizo-do Hall of Hirabori due to the belief that Jizo Bosatsu saves the people who fall into hell; this belief became especially popular after the medieval period.

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