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Our destination is the Daibutsu or "Great Buddha," an immense bronze statue of Vairocana. This is the headquarters of the Kegon Sect, according to whose doctrine Vairocana is the spiritual body of Shakyamuni, the historical Buddha. That said, the statue itself is not very attractive, and its head in particular is not particularly old. So let's back up, because there are some very interesting things en route to it.

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