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
Pronunciation: Lee-yoo Huy
Alternative names: LIU-HAR, LIU-YUAN-YING, HAI-CHAN, LI-HAI
Celebration or Feast Day: Unknown at present
In charge of: Wealth
Area of expertise: Wealth
Good/Evil Rating: Unknown at present
Popularity index: 1597
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Article last revised on April 22, 2019 by Rowan Allen.
Editors: Peter J. Allen, Chas Saunders
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