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It is also thought that Batō became conflated with a folk horse deity believed to be the vehicle of a Shintō deity (kami 神) who rides between this world and the sacred realm.
Because of this identification, he became the protector of horses and the Buddhist counterpart (honjibutsu 本地仏) of deities of common Komagata 駒形 (lit. “By neighing like a horse, the deity wards off bad demons.
The scriptural basis for the six can be traced back to a late 6th-century Tendai text from China, although Batō was not part of the original six but rather inserted some four centuries later. In this role, the deity is known as Batō Myō-ō 馬頭明王 and included in a grouping known as the Hachidai Myō-ō 八大明王 (lit. Batō Kannon is not only said to protect dumb animals, particularly those who labor for mankind, but extends those powers to protecting their spirits and bringing them ease and a happier life than they experienced while on earth. Hadland Davis, 1913)In esoteric traditions, Batō Kannon appears in the Taizōkai (Womb World) Mandala in the Lotus Court (Rengebu-in 蓮華部院), also known as the Kannon-in 観音院.
Says the Digital Dictionary of Buddhism (abridged; sign in with user name = guest): “In Japan, from the beginning of the Tokugawa period, steles of Batō Kannon were dedicated to a deceased horse, as attested by numerous roadside steles bearing its figure and the inscription 馬供養 uma kuyō.
Japan has always had a penchant for constructing massive statues (Daibutsu 大仏, lit. Dozens of Big Buddha statues have been erected in recent times (post WWII onward). Mullins: “Another new role for Kannon is connected to the ’graying’ of Japanese society and the increasing concerns of the elderly about growing old, fears of senile dementia (and Alzheimer's disease), and long illnesses followed by an unpleasant death.
Many of these recent additions were made largely for the goal of increasing tourism to certain Japanese localities, while others were erected to pray for world peace and the repose of the war dead. Made with 500 tons of concrete with steel-rod frames, this giant effigy of the White-Robed Kannon was unveiled in 1955 to commemorate the soldiers who died in World War II and to pray for a peaceful Japan. Translated into English as Vulture Peak or Eagle Mountain. Kannon's powers have been expanded to include the ’suppression of senility’ (boke-fuji 呆け封じ), and s/he has become a central figure in Pokkuri-Dera ポックリ寺, or temples where the elderly -- those lacking adequate family support -- go to pray for a sudden or painless death.
The Kannon Notebook is an ongoing project aimed at scholars, art historians, practitioners, and laity alike. (Horse Headed)Byakue Kannon (White Robed)Esoteric (Tantric) Forms of Kannon Feminized Forms of Kannon Fudarakusen (Kannon’s Paradise)Fukūkenjaku (Never Empty Lasso)Guze Kannon (Prince Shōtoku)Gyoran Kannon (Fish Basket)Hatakiri Kannon (Cloth Ripping)Henge Kannon (Esoteric Forms)Hitokoto Kannon (One Prayer)Jibo Kannon (Loving Mother)Juntei Kannon (Mother of All Deities)Jūichimen Kannon (Eleven-Headed)33 Forms of Kannon)Senchū Yūgen Kannon (Calms Raging Sea)Senju Kannon (1000 Armed)Shō Kannon (Sacred, Non-Esoteric)Six Kannon (Esoteric)Suigetsu Kannon (Water-Moon)Tara Bosatsu (Female Manifestation)Yakuō Kannon (Medicine King)Yōkihi Kannon (Feminine Ideal)Yōryū Kannon (Willow Kannon) Yume-Chigai Kannon (Dream Changer)Yumedono Kannon (Guze Kannon)28 Legions Serving Kannon Amida Triad (Kannon)Kannon Photo Tour Kannon Photo Tour (Asuka)Kannon Pilgrimage Kamakura Kannon Pilgrimages Nationwide Kannon Statues e Store Maria Kannon (Christianity)Objects / Symbols / Weapons Patrons of Motherhood11-Headed Kannon, Wood Hokkeji Temple 法華寺, Nara, H = 100 cm, First Half 9th Century Holds water jar containing Jōsui 浄水,a miraculous elixir that relieves thethirst of devotees; aurole depictslotus buds and lotus leaves. 20, 2005Nine-Headed Kannon Kumen Kannon 九面観音, 8th century. National Treasure Photo: 日本の国宝, #002, March 1997Kannon’s Sanskrit Seed Pronounced SA in Japaneseおん あるりきゃ そわかOn Arurikya Sowaka(also Om Arurikya Sowaka) Kannon’s Shingon Mantra Oṃ Maṇi Padme HuṃLit.
“the jewel in the lotus”Tibetan Mantra for Avalokitêśvara Comes in Many Forms, Many Manifestations. Assists People in Distress in Earthly Realmand in all Six Realms of Karmic Rebirth. Kannon worship remains non-denominational and widespread. Kannon is one of Asia’s and Japan’s most beloved deities.
Batō Kannon, Heian period, 12th century, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Painting on Silk, H = 166.1, W = 82.7 cm Courtesy: The AMICA Libraryorse-Headed Kannon. Batō Kannon appears in the Mahāvairocana Sūtra (Jp. In this latter role, Batō protects those reborn in the animal realm (chikushōdō 畜生道), a realm characterized by stupidity and servitude.Tags: Adult Dating, affair dating, sex dating