Hotei

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Japanese 布袋 ‎(Hotei), from Middle Chinese 布袋 (pù-dòj "cloth sack") (compare Mandarin Bùdài 布袋, Vietnamese Bố Đại), by metonymy "Man with the cloth sack", the "Laughing Buddha" figure associated with the Maitreya Buddha.

Proper noun[edit]

Hotei

  1. (mythology, Shintō) The Japanese name for the Chinese god, Budai. The fat and happy god of abundance and good health. One of the seven gods of luck.

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Romanization[edit]

Hotei

  1. rōmaji reading of ほてい