Enku Buddha of Senkouji Temple


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You can see so fine art  at  Senkouji Temple, in twenty minutes drive from Takayama station. This Senkouji temple exists as venerable temple for a long time in Nyukawa
of  Takayama.  Will you visit this Website,please?   Notably, there are some Enku-images
of Budda (sculptured by Enku 円空 . He was a Buddist priest born in Hida.) Enku-Butsu is famous for its mysteriousness which arises from his sculpture with simplicity and heroic power.
I have quoted the famous amazing photos of these  two from Senkoji website.
However, you can see Enku-images of Buddha in the Takayama Machi-no-Hakubutsukan (a museum for history and arts of Takayama) This museum was once Mr.Nagata’s own library. He contributed it to Takayama-city for keeping a real history of Hida.

Ryomen-sukuna was a gentle and powerful man living around Mino from Hida in the era of Nintoku in around the two centuries.
His stature in the three meters, he also was a big man who had four hands and four legs.
He fought a long duel with a bave man who came to conquer him by the Emperor’ instruction.
However, he was defeated by exhaustion. In Japan, it has been said that Samurai who was defeated must carry out the graceful suicide as a Samurai in Bushido. The brave man came from Nara knew that the brawn and brains of Sukuna was very outstanding. So, he was generous that he tried to choose his death, so he was encouraged to surrender to him. However, regretfully Sukuna didn’t accept it, he cut off his own life.

Then times went by,,,
Enku mourned his death, and carved a wonderful wooden figure. That is this Ryoumen-Sukuna.
両面:Ryomen means two faces, and also a double-sided.
One of the faces was a friendly one to trying to save the people by building a temple Senkoji, and the other was the one that challenge to battle by using his strong power.

We always have two faces…. Do you think so?
Which face is your real one? Or it is natural we have two faces.,,,? I have no ideas.

宿儺 (Sukuna) means : 宿=a building in which people stay and rest → to be there, =Tsuina=to ward off sick or bad things 
Meaning that scare away the bad things that dwells in people