Budai (The Laughing Buddha) – China

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While I was looking for traditional items in Jumeirah Mina A’Salam, I saw this sculpture nearly everywhere! And so I asked about it and I found out that it is a Chinese Buddha.

What I noticed about this specific Buddha is that he looks like an old, bald, fat man wearing a robe, and he also looks like he is smiling! And when I searched about it, I realized that he is actually called (The Laughung Buddha).

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According to Wikipedia, the sculpture resamples a real man who lived in China during the Later Liang (907–923 AD), and he was considered a man of good and loving character.

The Chinese believes that rubbing Budai’s belly brings wealth, good luck, and prosperity!

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