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When creator Valerie Johns first saw a representation of the Jizo Bodhisattva she asked herself, "Who does this image represent? There were dozens of old stone figures scattered along the roadside...round-faced figures wearing bright red bibs." She was captivated.
The answer came while visiting a Hiroshima garden. The statue was Jizo Bodhisattava, the protector of all people, it was explained, but regarded by most as the protector of children in particular. The story went back 2,500 years to the time when Jizo promised Buddha he would remain on earth until every soul was finished suffering. Jizo is revered throughout Asia as the guardian of women, children, and travellers.
The Standing Jizo in this necklace is holding a traditional wish-fulfilling pearl to light up the darkness of people's suffering. The pendant is brushed 18k gold vermeil and Jizo is 1″ tall with rounded surfaces both front and back. The pendant is on a 16″ chain.
The "Chibi" of Jizo and Chibi manifested in a painting Valerie created early in her career as a psychotherapist. The childlike image was a natural extension of the Buddhist principles she'd integrated into counseling and provided her with a personal outlet to process the traumatic experiences shared by her patients. She now offers this outlet to all.
To see more of Valerie's work please visit: http://jizoandchibi.com/
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