The Eight Most Popular Wealth Deities
Traditional Chinese families customarily display many deities in
their homes and offices. These range from health and protection deities
to wealth and love deities. Not surprisingly, the deities who promise
wealth and financial success constitute some of the most prominently
displayed by the Chinese. Most of these deities are Taoist in origin.
The following is by no means an exhaustive list; these are but the most
commonly found in conventional Chinese living spaces.
Kuan Kung or Kuan Ti (also the God of War)
Tsai Shen Yeh
One of the most popular Chinese Gods of Wealth is Tsai Shen Yeh who
is frequently depicted wearing a dragon robe and sitting on a tiger.
Display the image of this powerful deity in your home for lots of
wealth luck; in good times, he brings great prosperity; in bad times,
he protects your family from poverty.
Another extremely popular Wealth God is Kuan Kung
who is, among many other titles, protector of the oppressed, patron
saint of the police, guardian deity of the triads, politicians and
business leaders alike. The image of Kuan Kung is most powerful when
placed in the Northwest corner of your home; he ensures peace and
harmony for all residents, protection for the patriarch and prosperity
luck for all. Ensure that he always faces your main entrance, so that
he can protect your family from all bad influences.
Laughing Buddha of Abundant Happiness (Maitreya or Mi Lo Foh)
One of the most beloved of Buddha images, the Laughing Buddha
can be found in many Chinese homes and Chinese restaurants. He brings
prosperity and wealth luck to all, so the bigger his round tummy, the
more auspicious the image. The wonderful Buddha of Happiness also loves
to pick up all our troubles and problems and keep then in the huge
calico bag he carries around; then, in return, he transforms them into
abundant happiness. Display his image in your living room directly
facing the front door.
Tua Peh Kong
This Taoist deity of wealth is chiefly revered by the Hokkien
Chinese community. He is dressed in longevity robes and carries a Ru Yi
in his right hand and a gold ingot in his left. With the Ru Yi, he
confers fabulous luck for power and authority; while with the gold
ingot, he bestows wealth and success. Depicted with an expression of
benign compassion, he brings immense good fortune wherever he is
Xi Wang Mu (Queen of the West)
The Queen of the West symbolizes all life aspirations including a
healthy and prosperous long life filled with great honor, wealth, fame
and recognition. Display an image of her in your home to keep your
family together and ensure that siblings enjoy harmonious
relationships. Place your image of Xi Wang Mu in the vicinity of the
main entrance into your home.
Pi Kan: Military and Civilian
Pi Kan is a wealth deity that is portrayed in two very different
aspects - military and civilian. He is said to have been a former sage
in the 12th century who was eventually deified as an auspicious bringer
Fuk Luk Sau (Three Star Gods)
Displayed in most homes collectively as the three popular star deities Fuk Luk Sau
they represent Prosperity, Authority and Longevity respectively.
first star deity or Fuk brings wealth and prosperity into your home.
Dressed in a merchant's red robe, he is depicted on the right of Luk
the second star deity. Fuk Luk Sau are best displayed as together in
dining and living room areas.
The Eight Immortals (Pa Hsien)
Being superior beings of Taoist legend, the Eight Immortals
widely regarded as symbols of longevity and good fortune. Comprising
six men and two women, they each attained immortality under different
circumstances. Often depicted as a group of eight crossing wide waters,
their symbolic presence in your home bestows good health, happiness and
general good fortune on every member of your family.
Along with other symbolic representations of wealth, displaying
these wealth deities in your home will bring an abundance of prosperity
luck into your home and plenty of happiness into your life.