Byakko and Seiyu / Heian-Jingu / Kyoto

Known as one of the 5 gods of the Onmyōdō (meaning “the Way of Yin and Yang”)
Byakko is the white tiger representing Autumn and Metal and the West directions, the others are:
* Seiryū: the Azure Dragon, representing Spring and Wood and the East direction
* Suzaku: the Vermillion Sparrow, representing Summer and Fire and the South direction
* Genbu: the Black Tortoisel, representing Winter and Water and the North direction
* Kirin: The Yellow Dragon, representing the Changing Seasons and Earth to the Center
linked to the Kuji-kiri, esoterism practice, known in Shugendo and Shingon Mikkyo
this statue is from a fountain (chozuya) located to Heian-jingu in Kyoto represented in a pair with Seiryū the azure dragon, they show the east and the west

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