Dec 10, 2014

Another statue and the new road

 This is one more of the statues in the small temple that I have been showing. This is obviously a Buddhist monk, probably Kobo Daishi. The reason I know that it is not a Buddha is that his head is shaved. The object in his right hand is called a vajra, originally a weapon used by Indra, a Hindu god. In Buddhism it is used symbolically to resent resolve to become enlightened and it is also used in some rituals in Tantric Buddhism.
The small temple is next to the new bridge that I showed a few days ago. As I left the temple, I realized that they were already working on a new road leading from the bridge to the nearest medium sized road.

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