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Budai, Hotei or Pu-Tai is a Chinese folkloric deity. His name means "Cloth Sack",and comes from the bag that he is conventionally depicted as carrying. He is usually identified with or seen as an incarnation of Maitreya, the future Buddha, so much so that the Budai image is one of the main forms in which Maitreya is depicted in China. He is almost always shown smiling or laughing, hence his nickname in Chinese, the Laughing Buddha. Budai is traditionally depicted as a fat, bald man wearing a robeand wearing or otherwise carrying prayer beads. He carries his few possessions in a cloth sack,being poor but content. He is often depicted entertaining or being followed by adoring children. His figure appears throughout Chinese culture as a representation of both contentment and abundance.

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