Komainu: The Fierce Guardians of Japan's Sacred Shrines and Temples

  • Published on : 16/03/2024
  • by : Japan Experience

Visitors to Japan's numerous Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples are often greeted by a pair of imposing lion-like statues flanking the entrance. These majestic creatures, known as komainu, serve as the fierce guardians of Japan's sacred spaces. With their intimidating expressions and muscular physiques, komainu are believed to ward off evil spirits and protect the holy grounds. These fascinating statue pairs have a rich history and symbolic meaning that reflects cultural influences from China, Korea, and India, making them an integral part of Japan's religious architecture and cultural heritage.

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