Constructed in 1252 A.D., the Kamakura Daibutsu stands 13.35 meters in height (the face itself nearly 2.5 meters long), and weighs approximately 93 tons. Upon the head are 656 hair curls, a traditional characteristic of the Amida Buddha. The silver boss on the forehead, from which emanates the light that illuminates the universe, weighs 30 pounds.
Amida, which means “Infinite light and life,” is one of the loftiest savior figures in Japanese Buddhism, and Amida faith is concerned primarily with the life to come (paradise).
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