Kathryn Elizabeth (Suan) God of Happiness Fu-Hsing English 1- Louise S. Mcgehee School
Shou-Hsing is the ancient Chinese god of time, stars, and immortality. He is the brother of Fu-hsing. Shou-Hsing is the symbol of immortality. He rules over: life plan, date of death, and reincarnation (Byte). Lu-Hsing is the Chinese god of pay and employees. He is also the brother of Fu-Hsing. He rides on deer, and so the deer is his symbol. Prosperity, success, employment, and law, are the categories that Lu-Hsing rules over (Byte). Fu-Hsing is the Chinese god of happiness. He is symbolized by the bat. His name, Fu-Hsing, means lucky star (Byte). (Austin)
Importance of Fu-Hsing • He is the God of Happiness and Good Luck and is very optimistic about life (Byte). • People look up to him for happiness (Byte). • It is known that Fu-Hsing responds to 90% of the prayers towards him (Byte). • People make monuments and shrines to him when they are overwhelmed with happiness(Byte). (Chinese) “Chinese New Year” (Byte) (Suan)
The Myth Behind Fu-Hsing Once there was a judge named Yang Ch’en who was from Hunan province and courageously requested to the emperor, Wu-ti, to stop enslaving the citizens of the Hunan province. Most of the people who were enslaved were midgets because Wu-ti thought they were too short (Chinese New Year).. Emperor Wu-ti returned the slaves to the homes because he was touched by the determination and bravery of Ch’en (Chinese New Year). The midgets were so happy because of this that they made monuments and shrines to their hero, Fu-Hsing, the god of happiness (Chinese New Year). . (Chinese New Year)
The Appearance of Fu-Hsing The God of Happiness, Fu-Hsing, is often shown wearing the blue robes of a judge (Byte). Fu-Hsing is also known to have a cheerful smile always present on his face (Byte). (Mallet) Fu-Hsing is often seen with little children. He loves seeing the children happy (Byte).
The Name: Fu-Hsing • The different spellings of Fu-Hsing: • Fu-Xing • Fuk-Xing • Fuk-Hsing (Lindemans) Chinese writing for “bat” • Fu-Hsing is symbolized as a bat. In Chinese, the word for bat is Fu, which means “good luck” (Holan). (Holan) (Frank)
The Link (to modern world) • An opera was named after Fu-Hsing (Cheng-Hua). • People take martial arts classes named after Fu-Hsing, which could mean that when those certain people do martial arts, they become happier with themselves (Cheng-Hua). • Locations in Taiwan are named after the God of Happiness (Cheng-Hua). (Suan) (Cheng-Hua) (Cheng-Hua) (Cheng-Hua) (Cheng-Hua) (Cheng-Hua) (Cheng-Hua) (Cheng-Hua) (Cheng-Hua) (Cheng-Hua)
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