The scientific staff of the reserve “Kuril” during the Zoological expedition on one of the small Islands of the lesser Kuril ridge – island jury found the ancient Buddhist stone carved with its characters, reported IA “data”.
The monument is situated on the hillside South of the Bay Wide and faced to the Pacific ocean. Stone height – 180 centimeters, a width of 50 centimeters. At its front part, looking in the direction of the ocean, caused five characters.
Staff suggested that the found stone was erected by the settlers on the island of Yuri in the late XIX – early XX centuries, when the Islands of the lesser Kuril ridge emerged permanent residents.
According to Dr. Seiji Morita, this stone is part of the funeral ritual. He said that the inscription on the stone is represented by three groups of characters: “horse”, “head”, “the goddess bodhisattva Kannon”, and all together – a service for horse of the era Edo (old name of Tokyo), according to the portal IA Sakh.com. This era lasted from 1603 to 1867, when Japan rules the dynasty of the Tokugawa. At that time, the horse was considered a sacred animal.
According to employees of reserve, historical and archaeological value of the findings is undeniable and a memorial stone should be protected.
In Japan to this day has preserved many stones, dedicated to the Buddhist goddess Bato-Kannon, or the Goddess of Mercy, who is usually depicted with a horse’s head. It is considered one of the most popular deities of Japanese mythology: according to legend, she is able to release any animal from danger and represents infinite compassion.
As noted on
the website of the reserve, Kannon-with-Head-Horse is the most popular among the Japanese peasants and rural merchants. This goddess, where the peasants pray about the health and safety of its horses and cattle. It is believed that Bato-Kannon not only protects dumb animals, especially those that work for the benefit of man, but cares about their souls, giving after death more easy and happy life than the one they live on earth.