Size (L X W X H)
18 X 14 X 32 cm
The origin of the Laughing Buddha or Budai goes back 1000 years to the wandering Zen monk Qiece fom China. In Japan he is known as Hotei and in China as Pu-Thai or Budai, which means cloth back. He always carries his cloth sack of blessings which stands for wealth and fulfillment of wishes. It never empties and is filled with rice plants, candy for children food and other giveaways. In his sack he also collects the sadness of the people. Although he is poor he is content, making him the deity of contentment and abundance.
Hotei is the patron of children, the weak and the poor but also of restauranteurs, fortunetellers and bartenders.