The mystery of the “reptilian” statues in the Japanese temple of Horyuji

(ORDO NEWS) — The oldest temple of Horyuji, located in the Japanese prefecture of Nara, until recently kept strange artifacts.

Unfortunately, the sculptures of the gods with snake or lizard-like heads, which the Japanese worshiped, are now impossible to see.

The collection of ancient statues was acquired by an unknown person and sent to a closed private museum

Horyu-ji is a Buddhist temple in the city of Ikaruga, Nara Prefecture, Japan. The full name of the temple is Horyu Gakumon-ji, that is, a temple for the study of a flourishing dharma, the temple was used not only as a seminary, but also as a monastery. The temple is considered the oldest wooden building in the world.

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