There are many different auspicious, wealth deities in the different Asian traditions. China and India have multiple Wealth Gods. The Koreans and Thais have their Wealth Buddhas. The Tibetans also have their five Wealth Buddhas. Chinese Taoists have several Wealth Gods and also regard Lao-Tzu , The 8 Immortals, and Laughing Buddha as auspicious beings whose presence in the home either on paintings or on decorative items attracts wealth luck. In Tang Dynasty, the Door God of Chung Kui (or Chung Kwei) became very popular. Portraits ofChung Kui would be posted on doors on the eve of Chinese New Year or the Dragon Boat Festival to drive away evil spirits.
The most popular Chinese Wealth Gods are the Three Star Gods known as “Fu Lu Shou” (or Fuk Luk Sau) who signify happiness, wealth and longevity. “Fu Lu Shou” is a must-have in many Chinese homes. They not only look after the material side of life for residents, they also afford general protection against bad people. Displaying wealth deities in the home, especially facing the main door, is believed to transform incoming “chi” (or energy) into auspicious energy. They can also be placed in an elevated place in the dining or living room.
(Spring Liao, 6/22/2010)