May Your Life Be As Steadfast As The Mountains And Your Good Fortune As Limitless As The Seas
Andy i Za
Digital Art - Digital Art - Photography
Shou-sin - deity of longevity.
Three of the most important goals in life in Chinese traditional thought are the propitious blessings of happiness, professional success or prosperity, and longevity. These are visually represented by the three "star gods" of the same names, commonly depicted as three male figurines (each wearing a distinctive garment and holding an object that enables them to be differentiated), or the Chinese ideographs/characters themselves, or various homophones or objects with relevant attributes. Shòu is instantly recognizable. "He holds in his hand a large peach, and attached to his long staff are a gourd and a scroll. The stag and the bat both indicate fu happiness. The peach, gourd, and scroll are symbols of longevity." His most striking characteristic is, however, his large and high forehead, which earned him the title "Longevity Star Old-pate". Perhaps the most common Chinese auspicious saying concerning longevity is that found on scrolls in nearly every Chinese calligraphy shop in the world: shòu shān fú hǎi, which can be translated as "May your life be as steadfast as the mountains and your good fortune as limitless as the seas".
June 29th, 2021
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