Jizo & Butterfly Tattoo

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Title

Jizo & Butterfly Tattoo

Subject

Tattoo Art
Bodhisatva
Memorial
Parental Grief
LGBTQ people
Autobiographical memory

Description

Sketch and photograph of upper arm tattoo, the Buddhist figure Jizo in a red robe with children in the folds, releasing a yellow butterfly from his hand.

"In 2010, 6 years after my only child, Nia, was stillborn, I designed this tattoo based on the myth/story of the Japanese bodhisatva, Jizo. The story is that he is the guardian of children who die before their parents. There are statues of him all over Japan. It’s an amazing story- I encourage you to look it up- it’s more than I can include here. The yellow butterfly represents my daughter- as Jizo sets her free."

Creator

Jodi Murphy

Source

Personal Collection of Jodi Murphy

Publisher

unpublished

Date

May 27, 2004

Contributor

Nia’s Mommy, Jodi Murphy

Rights

In copyright, https://rightsstatements.org/page/InC/1.0/?language=en

Format

jpg

Type

Still Image

Identifier

Jizo tattoo_01

Citation

Jbee70, “Jizo & Butterfly Tattoo,” LGBTQ+ Reproductive Loss, accessed November 19, 2019, https://www.lgbtqreproductiveloss.org/items/show/58.

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