Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Izumo 33 Kannon Pilgrimage Temple 24 Jyo-onji


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Jyo-onji, the 24th temple on the pilgrimage was most curious. A very simple wooden building was the only structure.

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Founded at the end of the Heian Period it was a Tendai temple named Hogenji and the main deity was the Horseheaded Kannon, a quite rare manifestation of this popular deity. The original statue has long since been destroyed.

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The temple several times fell into disuse and was revived. In its current form it is a Shingon temple and the main deity, honzon, is the 11 faced Kannon. It was renamed Jyo-onji.

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It was for a period of time the Jinguji of nearby Kamosu Shrine.

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1 comment:

  1. So interesting information about this small temples which are near the houses
    whose architecture no longer have the traditional style

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