(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.
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.
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