Laughing Buddha or Budai

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Laughing Buddha or Budai

He was originally a Chinese Chan monk, born in Fenghua in Zhejiang under the later Liang dynasty (10th century). According to the Mahayana Buddhist school, it is considered to be an incarnation of Maitreya, the future Buddha. He would have died in 916. Adopted by Taoism, it is accepted in this tradition as a god of contentment and abundance.

Budai is depicted with a smiling figure, a broad belly in the air, bald, ears with very long lobes (sign of high spirituality) and carrying a bag of canvas (budai in mandarin, from which he pulled his name) and a stick. The stomach was considered in Chinese mythology as the seat of the soul, and Budai's broad belly can be seen as an allegory of his great heart.

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Height: 43 cms
Width: 30 cms
Depth: 26 cms
Weight: 8,5 Kg
Material: Resin
Publisher: Temarte S.L.

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Far from representing the traditional image of an ascetic, the figure is represented with a huge belly, often surrounded by children and gold bullion at their feet. It's a lucky charm: rubbing your belly would bring us wealth and luck.
This is the case of Butai (or Pu-tai) bonze chan Butai. This Zen Buddhist monk lived during the Liang dynasty of China, where he is very popular.
It can also be said that it is incorrectly called Buddha because of the phonetic resemblance between Buddha and Butai.
Budai (in Chinese) or Hotei (in Japanese), also known as Smiling Buddha, is an important figure in the popular tradition of Asia, particularly in Buddhism, Taoism and Shintoism. It usually represents generosity, wealth and abundance.

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Laughing Buddha or Budai

Laughing Buddha or Budai

He was originally a Chinese Chan monk, born in Fenghua in Zhejiang under the later Liang dynasty (10th century). According to the Mahayana Buddhist school, it is considered to be an incarnation of Maitreya, the future Buddha. He would have died in 916. Adopted by Taoism, it is accepted in this tradition as a god of contentment and abundance.

Budai is depicted with a smiling figure, a broad belly in the air, bald, ears with very long lobes (sign of high spirituality) and carrying a bag of canvas (budai in mandarin, from which he pulled his name) and a stick. The stomach was considered in Chinese mythology as the seat of the soul, and Budai's broad belly can be seen as an allegory of his great heart.

Dimensions

Height: 43 cms
Width: 30 cms
Depth: 26 cms
Weight: 8,5 Kg
Material: Resin
Publisher: Temarte S.L.

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