Hotei

Japanese - A god of laughter. One of the 7 Shinto deities of fortune, the Shichi Fukujin. Hotei is said to be based on a cheerful Buddhist monk, Pu Tai Ho-shang. He is depicted as a fat man with a naked belly and carrying a neverempty sack of precious things or riding in a decrepit carriage pulled by children. In this latter role, he is known as the Wagon Priest and is equated with the Laughing Buddha, Maitreya, whom he resembles and who also carries a sack. At times, identified as Hotei, Maitreya, Maitreya, Fu-tai-shih, Warai-botoke, Asita, Chakravartin, Chinese Hsiao Fo, Mi-lo-fo, Pu T'ai Hoshang, Hindu Kalki, Japanese Miro(ku), Korean Miruk, Manchurian Maidari, Mongolian Maidari, Pali Metteya, Tibetan Byams-pa, Chem-pa, Pusa, Pusa, Wagon Priest, Wagon Priest or Hotei.

hotei

Japanese - The sack carried by the god. Hotei. In some references, identified as hotei, Maitreya, Maitreya, Fu-tai-shih, Warai-botoke, Asita, Chakravartin, Chinese Hsiao Fo, Mi-lo-fo, Pu T'ai Hoshang, Hindu Kalki, Japanese Miro(ku), Hotei, Korean Miruk, Manchurian Maidari, Mongolian Maidari, Pali Metteya, Tibetan Byams-pa, Chem-pa, Pusa, Pusa, Wagon Priest, Wagon Priest or Hotei.

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