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God / Goddess of Mercy & Compassion
Zodiac Amulet for Folk Born in Year of the Rat
Rat Years are 1912, 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008
Jp. = Kannon Bosatsu
Ch. = Guānyīn Púsà
Beautifully and intricately carved amulet of the 1,000-Armed Kannon, the protector of people born in the Zodiac Year of the Rat. This amulet is small enough to fit in your shirt pocket.
- Wood = Boxwood (Jp. = Tsuge)
- Inches = H 2.36 x W 1.77 x D 0.43
- Centimeters = H 6.0 x W 4.5 x D 1.1
- Two pieces: (1) protective cover with deity's Sanskrit seed syllable carved on outer side and Japanese name etched on inner side; and (2) main piece with the deity's effigy; both pieces snap together snugly for compact/safe storage
- Kannon (1000-armed version; Jp. = Senju Kannon) sitting atop a lotus petal; central hands in Mudra of Veneration (Prayer, Aspiration); right arm holding pilgrim's staff and left grasping Vajra club; latter represents the indestructibility of Buddhist law and its power to vanquish evil. See Kannon Top Page for details.
- See Zodiac Amulet Page for more details on Zodiac calendar