Saion Zenji

Japanese - A hermit. When he was snowed up in his little hut for many days, his food ran out and he survived only by eating part of a dead deer which he found in the snow, leaving half in the pot for another day. When the snow melted, visitors came to see the hermit and found a piece of wood in place of the meat in the pot. They also found that a piece of a wooden image of Kwannon, which the hermit kept in his shrine, had been gouged out and the wood from the pot fitted the wound exactly. Sometimes referred to as Saion Zenji.

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