Fukurokuju is one of the Seven Gods of Luck in Japan. His name stems from three characters: fuku which means happiness, roku which means wealth and ju which means longevity.

In appearance, he is similar, but not the same to Shou: the South Pole Star God of wisdom and longevity. In art, he is depicted as a short old man with a prominent high-domed and bald head. His animal companion is either a crane or another animal associated with longevity such as: the deer or the tortoise.

Fukurokuju is the only member of the Seven Lucky Gods who possesses the ability to resurrect the dead. The God is believed to have once lived on earth as a Taoist sage from China.

The Seven Gods of Luck are popular figures in Japanese folklore. Rather them stemming from one singular religious tradition, they represent gods from many different traditions that are thought to bring good fortune and blessings to those who pay homage to them and those who honour them. As an aged god, Fukurokuju is believed to bestow longevity on those who venerate him.

Fukurokuju is said to have gained immortality after leading a very long human life of devotion and asceticism. Since he lived for so long, he is depicted as a very old man.

Fukurokuju carries a wooden staff with a long scroll tied to it. Some say the staff contains magical writings of scripture, while others say that it is a book of fate that lists the lifespan of every person who will ever live.

As a mortal man, Fukurokuju personifies the three wishes that are sought after by humans: happiness, wealth and longevity.

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