Hiked from Sajik to PNU. Memi in hiding.
Had lunch near the south gate of a mountain fortress 金井山城南門. Ate the pajeon. Drank the makgeolli.Ruins. Gwangan, Baesan mountain, and the Pacific Ocean in the distance.The fork that divides the Nakdong 洛東江 and the West Nakdong 西洛東江. Roof geology. Saw an old friend. 호랑이 | 虎狼. Had dinner at Yammy Green near Baesan mountain. Delicious hummus sandwiches and vegan burgers.
“Meant to ward off evil spirits, modern komainu statues are almost identical, but one has the mouth open, the other closed. This is a very common characteristic in religious statue pairs at both temples and shrines. This pattern is however Buddhist in origin and has a symbolic meaning. The open mouth is pronouncing the first letter of the Sanskrit alphabet, which is pronounced “a”, while the closed one is uttering the last letter, which is pronounced “um”, to represent the beginning and the end of all things. Together they form the sound Aum, a syllable sacred in several religions like Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism.” Wikipedia article.