Nio Guardians

Nio Guardians

The Nio Guardians of Japan

Nio guardians are the protectors at the entrance to Buddhist Temples in Japan. With their bare-chested bodies rippling with muscles, fierce visages, and brandishing weapons they seem violent and threatening. In the pair, one usually has its mouth shut to ward off evil demons while the other with an open-mouth welcomes the good spirits inside the temple.

During my recent visits to Japanese Buddhist temples, I have been fascinated by the two fierce-looking Nio protectors guarding the gates at each one of them These pair of protectors, one on either side of the entrance, are diverse in styles, but each of them with their bare-chested bodies rippling with muscles, fierce visages, and brandishing weapons, seem violent and threatening These Nio guardians are named, each after a particular cosmic sound If you look closely at these mythical shrine protectors, you will notice that one of them has its mouth open while the other has its mouth closed The open-mouth figure is commonly placed to the right of the temple and is known

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.