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LIU-HAI

Picture of the Chinese Wealth God LIU-HAI from our Chinese mythology image library. Illustration by Chas Saunders.

Chinese Wealth God

Also known as LIU-HAR, LIU-YUAN-YING, HAI-CHAN, LI-HAI

Prosperous Coin-Juggling God

A DAOist God of Wealth and Prosperity.

LIU-HAI was a civil servant and alchemist in 10th Century China, but somehow became involved with a huge three-legged toad. It was his best friend, his magical pet, and would carry him anywhere he wished.

Sometimes the toad would hide in a well and have to be coaxed out with a shiny gold coin. This must have had some deep mystical significance, as LIU-HAI is now revered as a God of Prosperity. Images and carvings of him are everywhere, standing on his toad and juggling gold coins with a beaming grin.

A small statue of him (and his toad) in your house will bring the cash flooding in — and if you stick his image on your wallet you may well become a millionaire. (At least, that’s what the New Age stores claim, and they’ve certainly made a packet out of him.)

As well as doing conjuring tricks with coins, he is also the protector of needlemakers. This really needled us for a while, until we realized that traditional Chinese coins have holes in the middle — and thin string can be invisible from a distance. So we are neatly back to tricks with strings of coins.

That’s LIU-HAI neatly sewn up then. Apart from the toad.

LIU-HAI FACTS AND FIGURES

Name : LIU-HAI
Location : China
Gender : Male
Type : deity
In charge of : Wealth
Celebration or Feast Day : Unknown at present
Good/Evil Rating : Unknown at present
Pronunciation : Lee-yoo Huy
Alternative names : LIU-HAR, LIU-YUAN-YING, HAI-CHAN, LI-HAI
Popularity index : 8985
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Article last updated on 18 October 2013 by Rowan Allen.

Editors: Peter J Allen, Chas Saunders

References: Coming soon.

Cite this article:

Saunders, Chas, and Peter J. Allen, eds. "LIU-HAI: God of Wealth from Chinese mythology." Godchecker. Godchecker/CID, 18 Oct. 2013. Web. 27 August 2014.

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