Bosatsu is Japanese for the Sanskrit term, Bodhisattva. A Bodhisattva, to my knowledge, is an individual who had attained buddhahood, but opts to improve the welfare of all sentient beings @jacklope could provide a far better definition in layman’s terms.
Chisho is a name revered in the Tendai sect of Buddhism, but I see they use different kanji, so I’m uncertain if this is the same individual. Also note that the statue is wearing a “tokin” or box-like hat worn by Yamabushi.
So perhaps this signifies Chisho the Bosatsu. I have no idea and rarely is there information available about such peripheral statues that you’ll often see dotted sporadically throughout various temple grounds. Literally hundreds sometimes. As this was on a mountain sacred to Shugendō, I thought the hat on the figure was interesting. I’d never seen one like this. That’s all.
Even when asking priests or monks around the area, rarely will anyone know. Often you just get a puzzled look as they’re probably wondering why this strange foreigner is asking about so many superfluous details. And I can say this with a bit of confidence. I’ve been to literally hundreds of temples and shrines all over Japan including 26 of The Shikoku 88. I once met a Shingon priest who chuckled at my curiosity and told me that he was only a priest of that temple because he inherited the position from his late Father. This is not unusual at all.
Even though I sometimes write up these posts with all these details, I’m merely sharing with you the things I’m trying to figure out as I go along. And so I welcome you to step in anytime to help out when you catch errors or can provide alternative interpretations. In fact I encourage it. I’m nothing more than a curious traveler.
Anyway, good morning from Saga. I hope this finds you well☕️ #地照菩薩#菩薩#修験道#山伏#山#英彦山#像#日本#九州#佐賀#福岡#shugendo#yamabushi#japan#japanese#esoteric#buddhism#buddhist#art#symbolism#kyushu#mountains#unkownjapan