Honzon (本尊 Hon-zon), also known as a Go-honzon (ご本尊 or 御本尊) is a Japanese Buddhist term which refers a holy image or effigy, which most likely is the principal image of a Buddha, Bodhisattva, or mandala image found in either a temple or a household butsudan The image can be either a statue or a small scroll depicting the main image. A statue is called Butsuzo (仏像), and those are most likely crafted out of cypress wood or metal such as copper or bronze. Depending on the sect's household, the main image may be different from other sects.
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