Jizo is one of the most beloved of all Japanese divinities, Jizo works to ease the suffering and shorten the sentence of those serving time in hell. Jizo can appear in many different forms to alleviate suffering. In modern Japan, Jizo is popularly known as the guardian of unborn, miscarried, and stillborn babies and other lost babies. These roles were not assigned to Jizo in earlier Buddhist traditions from mainland Asia; they are modern adaptations unique to Japan. Jizo also serves his customary and traditional roles as patron saint of expectant mothers, children, firemen, travelers, pilgrims, and the protector of all beings caught in the six realms of reincarnation.