The representation of contentment
Laughing Buddha is a Chinese folkloric deity. He is also popularly known as Budai in China and Taiwan, Hotei in Japan, the Fat Buddha in the English speaking countries. His figure appears throughout Chinese culture as a representation of contentment and has been incorporated into a number of Buddhist and Taoist folklore tradition. His image graces many temples, restaurants, amulets, and businesses.
Laughing Buddha is depicted as a fat bald man wearing a robe and carrying his few possessions in a calico bag (cloth sack) that he gets his Budai name from, being poor but content. He is admired for his happiness, generosity, open kind-heartedness, and wisdom of contentment. One belief maintains that rubbing his belly brings wealth, good luck, and prosperity.
In Japan, Hotei persists in folklore as one of the Seven Lucky Gods (Shichi Fukujin).
Some Buddhist tradition considers Laughing Buddha a Bodhisattva, usually Maitreya (The Future Buddha) in Sanskrit.
Laughing Buddha is sometimes confused with Phra Sangkadchai in Thailand, another widely respected monk.
人們有時候會把笑佛跟另一在泰國廣受尊崇的羅漢 Phra Sangkadchai 混淆了。
Process: Hand made.
Colour: Wood colour.
Height: ± 20 cm.
Weight: Approx. 2.5 kg (including packaging).