9CT GOLD BUDDHA CHARM / PENDANT CM00263

£45.00

Happy Buddha / Ho Tai / Prosperity Buddha

This lovely little puffed Buddha charm was made in Italy from 9ct yellow gold and can be used either as a charm for a bracelet or on one of our lovely chains as a pendant.

Length including loop 20mm.

Description

Ho Tai, as he is called in Chinese, is often confused with the Historical Buddha. But a word to the wise; Ho Tai is not the Buddha at all, but is actually a revered Chinese Monk. He is somewhat akin to the West’s Santa Claus / St. Nick, since Ho Tai was famous for his Buddhist sermons and for his bag full of gifts, which he brought to children in order to reward them for coming to learn about the Dharma.

Part of the reason Ho Tai is confused with the Buddha is because they both wear robes, and that in certain languages (Thai, for instance) the vernacular word for the Buddha and for Monks is the same, namely, the word “Phra.” It can be confusing even for Thai people, because if someone were to use JUST the word Phra, we might not know whether they were referring to the Buddha himself, a monk, a statue of the Buddha, or even an amulet (religious pendant) featuring an image of the Buddha… or an image of a highly revered monk!

Ho Tai is often depicted in various forms as well, either with his arms above his head, reaching skyward, or sometimes holding a bag or knapsack over one shoulder. But no matter how he is depicted, he always has a happy face.

1.A chubby belly
2.A bald head
3.Shirtless (or wearing a robe that exposes his whole chest)
4.A big smile
5.A large bag
Depicted with smiling children

On the other hand, the Historical Buddha is usually depicted with the following characteristics:

1.A graceful body
2.Curly hair
3.Robes that only reveal one shoulder
4.A calm expression

Additional information

Weight .9 g
Dimensions 13 x 11.5 x 7 mm
Precious Metal

9ct Yellow Gold

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