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kasatouba@}k
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Also called kasasotouba }sk. A memorial or grave stone. The most common has a square shaft *toushin g, placed on a roughly hewed base stone. A pyramidal-like coping stone *kasa }, at the top suggests a roof. On top of the coping or between the coping and top ornament is an onion shape *houju , or bowl shape. Example: Ryuumonji 厛 (1333) in Nara. Inscriptions in Sanskrit letters may be carved into the shaft, or Buddhist deities may be rendered in low relief on the upper part. The upper part is called butsugan kasatouba ꜊}k and may have solid stone wheels set vertically within the shaft so that the devout can turn the stone while reciting invocatory prayers. An example of this type is found at Akagi Jinja ԏ_ (1490) in Gunma prefecture. It has Roku Jizou Zn figures carved into it.
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