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Kamakura Kishimojin

Japanese painting of Kishimojin from the Kamakura period.

Originally a child-devouringYakṣafrom Hindu lore named Hariti , but she repents and coverts to Buddhism. In Japan, the deity’s name was transliterated as Kariteimo or Karitei, and translated as Kishimojin or Kangimo. In Japan, Kariteimo is the protector of children and the goddess of easy delivery, child rearing, parenting, harmony between husband and wife, love, and the well-being and safety of the family. Childless women also pray to Kishimojin in hopes of becoming pregnant. Kariteimo appears in the 26th Chapter of the Lotus Sutra (Hokekyō), and is especially important to the Nichiren Sect of Buddhism. Her iconography is based mostly on the Dai Yakusha Nyo Kangimo Narahini Aishi Jōjuhō. Kariteimo is just one of Japan’s many deities of children & motherhood. Kariteimo may or may not be associated with the Hindu deity Kālī (Kali, Kalika), who in relatively contemporary times is considered a mother goddess.