Definitions for "Jizo"
In Pure Land Buddhism, compassionate bodhisattva usually shown dressed as a monk, with shaven head, carrying a staff and a wish-granting jewel. He is believed to assist women in childbirth, children, warriors, travelers, and beings in Hell.
Folk expression of Kshitigarbha bodhisativa comforting the common man. Over time, the rough-hewn jizo figures came to be worshipped as guardian saints of travelers, children, women, and the weak and ailing.
a bodhisattva ( bosatsu) who protects children during their journey in the afterlife