TheKshitigarbha (Skt. ‘Womb of the Earth’, Chin. Dizang, Jap. Jizo) is said to have vowed to rescue all souls from . While he has been revered in China since the fifth century, he became particularly significant in Japan where he is considered the guardian of the dead – especially of stillborn babies and children. Unlike most bodhisattvas, who are portrayed in the robes and rich jewels of an Indian prince, representations of Kshitigarbha show him dressed as a .