Hotei or Budai (Happy Buddha). His name means “cloth sack,” and comes from the bag that he is conventionally depicted as carrying. Hotei is the Buddha of contentment and happiness, guardian of children, and patron of bartenders. He has a cheerful face and a big belly. Happy Buddha in folklore is admired for his happiness, plenitude, and wisdom of contentment. One belief popular in folklore maintains that rubbing his belly brings wealth, good luck, and prosperity.
Cold Cast Bronze