Sau, the God of Longevity
The God of Longevity, Sau, is probably one of the most popular deities found in Chinese homes. He is one of the three star gods that are collectively known as Fuk Luk Sau. Sau is usually portrayed dressed in a yellow robe and carrying a peach (also known as the fruit of immortality), a staff and the bottle gourd which is said to be filled with the nectar of Immortality. Placed at eye level with a solid wall behind him, Sau brings good health and a long, smooth life to all the residents of your household.
The Wu Lou for Health
The wu lou or the bottle gourd is a powerful symbol of longevity, good fortune and an abundance of blessings! The God of Longevity, Sau, carries a staff with a bottle gourd that is said to contain the elixir of Immortality hanging at the end. The shape of the wu lou is also a representation of heaven and earth united in miniature: the top half is heaven and the bottom, earth. Thus it is said that displaying a wu lou in and around the home is a good omen. Placing a wu lou by the bedside is especially beneficial for those who are ill or generally under the weather.
The Crane for Harmony
Next to the phoenix, the crane is the most favoured of all the bird symbols of good fortune. He is the bird of Immortality and is strongly identified with the attributes of longevity, happiness and the smoothness of flight. The crane’s symbolic presence in the home or garden is believed to bring harmony and happiness to the home. Placed in the south, a figurine or Chinese brush painting of the auspicious crane brings opportunities; in the west, it brings good luck for your children; in the east, it benefits the sons of the family; in the northwest it favours the family patriarch
The Deer for Prosperity
The Tortoise for Longevity
The Peach of Immortality
The Bamboo for Resilience
The bamboo has long been regarded as a symbol of longevity due primarily to its resilience and ability to stay evergreen through the four seasons, especially during the winter months. The spiny bamboo, which signifies longevity and prosperity that lasts for generations, and the solid stemmed bamboo, which signifies a life free of illness and disease, are the varieties associated with good health. Display them in the east sector of your living room or in the study/library for health luck and protection.
The Eight Immortals
Widely regarded as symbols of longevity and good fortune, the Eight Immortals or Paht Hseen are superior beings of Taoist legend. Comprising six men and two women, they are said to have lived at different times and each attained immortality under different circumstances. However, legend says that they have each tasted the nectar and peaches of Immortality! The symbolic presence of the Eight Immortals in your home is believed to bring good health, happiness and good fortune to your family, so it would be beneficial to display a painting or figurines of them in your living room.