13. Laughing Buddha
Style: All-Color (tson-thang)

Originating in China before traveling to Japan, the Laughing Buddha is not a true Buddha. He was originally a Chinese Sage or God. In China, he iscalled Baisosheng or Xiao Luohan and is considered the Sage/God of the Goldsmiths, artisans, and fortune. In Japan is known as Hotei, the God ofhappiness. Xiao Luohan/ Hotei is thought as the Godof happiness and fortune because (as thelegend goes) he spent his life traveling from city/town/village and whenever patrons would give him gifts or food (mostly meat) he would then bless them, their families, and businesses. He is considered the God of the artisans and goldsmiths for a similar reason, when hewould come upon an artisan shop full ofthis imagery and statues. He would bless the shop with valuable and faithful clients.

There is also a belief that if you rub thebelly of Xiao Luohan/ Hotei at a restaurant both the guest and restaurant will havegood luck and fortune.

While the main character is strictly Chinese/Japanese, the landscape and animals are Tibetan in style. The animals depicted are deer; which symbolize fearlessness, purity, and fertility, and snowlions; which are the perfection of wisdom.