Jizo is a Buddhist bodhisattva (or saint) who protects children, travelers, and women. He is known as both male and female. She helps those on spiritual or physical journeys – people who experience impossible obstacles and feel at life’s crossroads. In Japan, he is portrayed as a wandering child monk, often wearing a bib, and carrying a pilgrim’s ringed staff that jingles to warn animals of his approach and to prevent mutual harm. Jizo also carries the wish-fulfilling, protecting jewel of Truth whose light banishes all fear. Jizo has the ability to travel to animal and hell realms and to assist those who are struggling to free themselves from suffering. Images of Jizo are not worshipped, but are intended to help awaken us.
Jizo’s traits: Fierce, Compassionate, Persistent, Tenacious.