A Humble Offering

The simplest of gifts are sometimes the most meaningful and sincere. I spotted this carefully arranged offering of chestnuts placed before a statue at the gate of a very old Buddhist temple in the mountains of central Japan. The offering is before a statue of one of the temple guardians. These figures are called Nio which means Benevolent Kings and their images are thought to represent the cycles of life and death. Their fierce appearance is thought to intimidate and ward away evil forces. The gate where the statues are posted is called the Nio-gate.


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