If the Chinese have the story of Bat Tien, the Japanese also have the legend of the Seven Lucky Gods. Shichifukujin is often mentioned on the O-shogatsu (Moonlight) – one of the most important holidays of the year, usually celebrated in the spring.
Blessed is god in Japanese culture
The loss of god’s blessing is thought to have appeared after the Warring States period (Sengoku jidai, 147701573) to express the people’s desire for peace. According to the Japanese, these deities will come to Earth on New Year’s Eve and stay for the first three days of the new year. Therefore, in order to bring good things, adults often give children paintings or envelopes with seven gods sitting on the Takarabune (Buu boat – your carrying boat).
Names of 7 gods
The seven deities are considered to be gods close to the people, so they are often associated with things that are familiar to life such as rice, rice, and fish. :
Ebisu: Gods originated in Japanese Shinto. Ebisu is the son of Izanagi and Izanami. He is seen as a god blessing the seafarers, fishermen and businesses.
Ebisu often helps the fishermen to catch fish well and protects the seafaring people. He is also the most beloved of the seven gods
Ebisu is symbolized as snapper (ear), common carp (koi), sea perch (Suzuki) and cod (tara). God is depicted or tied the red snapper with a coconut rope and then worn it in the right hand in front of the chest or holding the fish with the left hand, the smooth beard of the chin, on the head wearing a hunting cap.
Daikokuten: This is a god of Indian origin, then imported to China and then transmitted to Japan. In Japanese conception, Daokokuten is considered as “Mr. Apple”, in charge of the kitchen. Daikokuten often put a cloth towel on his head, standing on the rice, one hand carrying a large bag, one hand carrying a small wooden mallet. He often helped bumper crops, trading expensive.
Bishamonten: Like Daikokuten, this is also a god of Indian origin. He is a god of war and god of war. He often brought good luck in the chaos as well as in peace. Gods often help preserve the wealth of those who are worthy.
Benzaiten: The only goddess in the Seven Gods Blessings, often holding the harp (biwa). God often sits or stands on lotus leaf, or rides white dragon, sea snake, common snake. Benzaiten is often worshiped by artisans, singers and eateries. Goddess has many hands.
Fukurokuju: also known as Phúc Lộc Thọ Thần. This god originated from Chinese Taoism. Fukurokuju often turns out many miracles related to longevity and fortune. The symbol of the god has deer, turtles and cranes.
Jurojin: Gods of Chinese origin, said to live in the Song Dynasty. Jurojin looks like an old man with a long head, long white beard and a staff. God represents longevity, wisdom and health.
Hotei: Hotei originates from a Tang Dynasty Meditation Meditation, called Khue Ty. He has the appearance of virtue, body fat, always begging for alms. Hotei is also known as “Laughing Buddha.” Many people believe that Hotei is also the reincarnation of Maitreya Bodhisattva.
Hotei used to hold a fan, and his rice bowl would never run out.