Laughing Buddha - Good Luck Minis®
Tenth century Chinese folktales tell of a jolly monk, Qieci, also known as Pu-tai. As with all such stories, the legend grew with the telling, transforming a jovial monk into a benevolent figure representing happiness and generosity. He is seen as a protector of children and often pictured with a sack of treats to distribute. Statues of Pu-tai, the Laughing Buddha, abound in China, and some choose to rub the jolly Buddha’s belly for good luck, although this isn’t a Buddhist teaching.