地蔵

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Japanese[edit]

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地蔵 (Jizō): bodhisattva statue at Mibudera temple in Japan, depicted with children and bibs.
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Kanji in this term

Grade: 2
ぞう
Grade: 6
on'yomi

Etymology[edit]

Short for 地蔵菩薩 (じぞうぼさつ, ​Jizō Bosatsu), itself a translation of the Sanskrit क्षितिगर्भ ‎(Kṣitigarbha) बोधिसत्त्व ‎(bodhisattva).[1][2]

Pronunciation[edit]

Proper noun[edit]

地蔵 ‎(hiragana じぞう, romaji Jizō)

  1. Kṣitigarbha, the bodhisattva who looks over children, pregnant women, travelers, and the underworld.

References[edit]

  1. ^ 1988, 国語大辞典(新装版) (Kokugo Dai Jiten, Revised Edition) (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Shogakukan
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2006, 大辞林 (Daijirin), Third Edition (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Sanseidō, ISBN 4-385-13905-9