Jizo - Guardian deities -
Jizo - guardian deities - are though to protect all living thing in the world from the time when Buddha died until the Benevolent Bodhisattva appears. In Japan, storn Jizo statues, usually about one meter high, are erected as boundary gods at the boundaries of towns and villages and at crossroads. Jizo are said to rescue the spirits of children when thy die and have even been erected at the actual spot where traffic accidents with children have occurred. Most people today feel closeness to Jizo, fondly calling them - OJIZOSAN- .