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The invocation of “Hachiman DaiboSatsu” is somewhat common in sword furniture and horimono (sword carvings). He was said to be the Buddhist incarnation of the Emporer Ojin manifested through a smith in Kyushu. Minamoto Yoritomo established the shogunate at Kamakura and built a shrine to Hachiman, and with the rise of the samurai class, the worship of Hachiman as the protector of villages became predominant. The pagoda and positive silhouette of “Hachiman Daibosatsu” show the samurai’s significance to protection of the land and it’s people, and the reverence to the Heian period and the Minamoto.
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