Japanese Jizo Bodhisattva

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The Jizo Bodhisattva is known as the bodhisattva of the earth and is believe to be the bodhisattva and guardian of souls of children who have died, travelers, women and children in general.  He represents the enlightened being whose hope is to save all souls from suffering.  

He is revered primarily in East Asian Buddhism.   Jizo Bosatsu is mostly depicted as a Buddhist monk.  His name means Earth Stone, Earth Treasury or Earth womb.   Ksitgarbha Bodhisattva vowed to teach all beings the six worlds between the passing of Gautama (Shakuamuni) budha and the rising of Maitreya Buddha.   He vowed not to achieve Buddhahood until all souls are saved from suffering.  He is often seen wearing a red bib or hat.   In Japanese lore, red is the color that repels demons and illness.