Sunday, October 14, 2012

Gods And Goddesses: Fukurokuju

Fukurokuju is one of the Seven Lucky Gods of Japan and is said to be the Chinese gods Fu, Lu and Shou as one deity, whom Fukurokuju takes the appearance most like Shou with a prolonged bald head, facial hair and staff.

He is the god of wealth, happiness and longevity plus a personification of the Southern Pole Star. Fukurokuju is the only one of the Seven Lucky Gods of Japan who is said to be able to revive the dead and is considered an immortal. He is sometimes confused with Juroujin who is said by some to be his grandson.

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