A Japanese Shingon Shu Esoteric Buddhist ritual implement called a Crossed Vajra and dating to the Mid-Edo period (1720). The Japanese deity Fudo Myo is often depicted holding a rope in one hand and Vajra in the other. Kobo Daishi statues are also often carved with him holding a vajra in one hand. The word Vajra literally means Indras Thunderbolt (Indra is a Hindu deity). The vajra is one of the exotic, mysterious ritual objects that Shingon introduced into Japanese Buddhism.