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Fuk Luk Sau: Lu Xing

Lu Xing was said to be the first star of the Big Dipper, an auspicious star blessing ancient intellectuals with a position in the civil service. In the Song Dynasty (960-1279), Lu Xing became another name for Scholar Star.

The popularity of Lu Xing among common people and especially intellectuals might well be due to the establishment of the Imperial Examinations, a Chinese civil service recruitment method and educational system.

Before the Sui Dynasty (581-618) when the system was first employed, common people hardly had access to becoming court officials. For most intellectuals across China, the path to high positions in the central bureaucracy appeared to be too crowded. Ití»s not hard to imagine how severe the examinations could be in ancient China. Therefore, Lu Xing naturally became a god whom most examinees would turn to for blessing.

Lu Xing is often seen holding a baby boy -- another route to prosperity and especially a source of comfort in old age. From the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), Lu Xing became a god that helped couples overcome childlessness.

Alternative Names:
Fu Lu Shou, Three Star Gods, Auspicious Trinity, Fu Shou Lou, Fuk Luk Sau

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