One of the most often encountered statues in the Japanese temples is Fudō Myō-ō, an angry god represented with a sword and a rope in its hands and surrounded by flames…
But don’t be deceived by its fierce appearance, because Fudo Myo-o is one of the most beloved deities from Japan. The scary look is actually intended to frighten the evil spirits.
The Fudō Myō-ō name (Acala in Sanskrit) can be translated as the “Immovable Wisdom King” and every detail of these statues has an advanced symbolism: the flames are to consume the evil, the sword is the sword of wisdom, which cuts through ignorant minds and the coiled rope binds those ruled by violent passions…
Well, whether you like the symbolism or not, one thing is certain: the statues are beautiful.
Yesterday’s Japan Photo: