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Nio San Demon Gatekeeper

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This temple guardian can be seen at the gate of Ninnaji Temple in western Kyoto. A pair of these fearsome demi-gods potect the temple from the forces of evil. Nio-san were incorporated into Buddhism from Hinduism and the pair of demi-gods are depicted one with his mouth open and one with it closed to represent life and death.

Nio-san, Ninnaji Temple, Kyoto.

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