In our country, there is a saying that "men wear Guanyin and women wear Buddha", which seems to have been popular for a long time. Until now, if we want to wear Buddha statues to pray for protection, we will wear them according to this saying. What is the basis for men to wear Guanyin and women to wear Buddha? Is there such a saying in Buddhism?
It is a folk way to pray for blessings.
The reason why there is such a saying as "man wears Guanyin" is that people think that man's character is relatively strong and irascible, while Guanyin Bodhisattvas in Chinese Buddhism are all female images, which symbolize compassion and softness. People hope that through wearing Guanyin Bodhisattvas, they can make themselves less strong and irascible, and more compassionate and softness.
The reason why there is the saying of "female wearing Buddha" is that people think that women are jealous and narrow-minded. They hope that they can expand their mental capacity by wearing Maitreya Buddha, and make themselves smile like Maitreya Buddha and welcome people, and tolerate a lot.
In fact, it is not recommended to wear the Buddha's image Pendant in the authentic Buddhism, let alone the saying that "men wear Guanyin, women wear Buddha". Because wearing the Buddha on the body, it is inevitable that the Buddha will be desecrated because of the unclean places such as going in and out of toilets, bathrooms, bedrooms, etc., not only will not get the slightest benefit of Buddhism, but also will be brought on the body to worship others, and will also break each other's blessings and increase their sinful deeds. If it is necessary to take it, it is recommended to choose the mascot such as Shurangama mantra or Buddha bead instead.