On the back of the statue, there is a rectangular opening. Relics, mantra slips, incense, and other precious objects could be placed inside to sanctify the statue. Such additions would increase the spiritual power of the object.
Research by Breyanne Urbin
Voiced by Matthew Schulte
Produced by Gabriel Hua in cooperation with the David Owsley Museum of Art and the Ball State School of Art.
Music used in this episode:
Buddhist Incantations at Pu’an Monastery
Performed by Shuishan Yu