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Hotei: Laughing Buddha

Hotei or Bu-Dai is better known in the English-speaking world as the obese Laughing Buddha. In China, he is dubbed the Loving or Friendly One. He has become incorporated into Buddhist & Shinto culture and is based on an eccentric Chinese Chan monk. His image graces many temples, restaurants, and amulets. Hotei has become a deity of contentment and abundance. Hotei also persists in Japanese folklore as one of the Seven Lucky Gods (Shichi Fukujin). His presence is seen and very popular in many asian countries around the world.

The Laughing Buddha derives from the time of Sakyamuni Buddha, where there was a monk named Angida, who was one of the 18 Arhats of Buddhism. According to legend Angida was a talented Indian snake catcher whose aim was to catch venomous snakes to prevent them from biting passers-by. Angida would also remove the snake's venomous fangs and release them. Due to his kindness, he was able to attain bodhi. Both Hotei and Angida have similar resemblences, as they both are obese, seen laughing and carry a bag.

Alternative Names:
Hotei,Bu-Dai,Laughing Buddha, Prosperity Buddha, Abundance Buddha

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Hotei or Bu-Dai is better known in the English-speaking world as the obese Laughing Buddha. In China, he is dubbed the Loving or Friendly One. He has become incorporated into Buddhist & Shinto culture and is based on an eccentric Chinese Chan monk. His image graces many temples, restaurants, and...feng shui deity full article >>>

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