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Beings Who Aid Academically

By Mavis

Thus, it's no surprise that among these deities, there are some who assist in the area of education, since the Chinese place so much emphasis on a good education, as they believe it is the key to great success. Here are two deities who can help the students in your home towards achieving their dreams of academic success:


The Laughing Buddha

This wonderfully jolly deity is one of the most beloved of Buddha images. He can be seen in Chinese homes and restaurants throughout the world. Though the Laughing Buddha is sometimes known as the Buddha of Wealth, he is also widely recognized as the Buddha of Happiness. Legend has it that nothing makes him happier than taking mankind's worries, problems and unhappiness and transforming them into happiness! A good place to put this Buddha is in the living room, preferably facing the front door. He may also be placed on the study desk to take away pressure and stress, as well as to assist the student towards fulfilling academic goals.

Dong-Pin Lu

The deity Dong-Pin Lu is one of the Eight Immortals. The Eight Immortals are superior beings of Taoist legend, widely regarded as symbols of longevity and good fortune by Taoists. They are frequently depicted on Chinese porcelain vases, urns and plates, with each immortal symbolizing their own special good fortune attributes.

Dong-Pin Lu is the third immortal, a reclusive scholar who is regarded as the patron saint of the sick. As with each of the immortals, Dong-Pin Lu has his own special symbols, or objects. He carries a sword on his back, and wields a fly swat in his right hand. He uses the former to overcome evil spirits, slicing through sufferings caused by bad chi; and the latter is used to cure illnesses. Dong-Pin Lu is said to have learned much of his magic craft from the chief of the immortals, Chung-Li Chuan.

When he is displayed in the home, this immortal protects against illness caused by evil spirits and bad chi, as well as bestowing good scholar luck on the occupants of the home. Place an image of Dong-Pin Lu in the northwest corner of your home. It can be a statuette made of earth-element materials such as ceramic, clay or terracotta, or made of metal-element material such as brass.

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