God of wealth and prosperity is the god who looks after money, gold, and silver, bringing good luck to business and business. So where did the custom of worshiping the God of Fortune come from and what does it mean? That is certainly the question many people usually ask
Table of Contents
- 1. Who is the God of wealth and prosperity?
- 2. The origin of the custom of worshiping the God of wealth.
- 3. Meaning of the God of wealth and prosperity
- 4. The meaning of the God of wealth statue in feng shui
- 5. The location of the God of Fortune statue brings great benefits to the owner
- 6. Taboos when worshiping the God of Wealth
- 7. What to buy for luck on God of Wealth Day?
1. Who is the God of wealth and prosperity?
The God of wealth and prosperity in Chinese culture is a real historical figure, whose name is Pham Lai. He was a loyal servant of Viet Vuong Cau Tien. After assisting the king to calm the country. Pham Lai and his lover Tay Thi gave up the official residence to live in hiding. Since then, Pham Lai became a successful and wealthy merchant. So people called him Dao Cong and honored him as the God of Wealth. The Chinese describe him as a man with a black face, thick beard, whip in hand, riding a black tiger.
The image of the God of wealth and prosperity in Vietnamese beliefs is a white-bearded character, sitting on a throne, holding a gold bar in front of his stomach, looking very gentle and kind.
2. The origin of the custom of worshiping the God of wealth.
The custom of worshiping the God of wealth and prosperity originated in China. While in our country the custom of worshiping the God of Wealth appeared around the beginning of the twentieth century.
According to Chinese legend, there was a merchant named Au Minh, while passing through Thanh Thao Lake. That happened to meet Thuy Than and was given by Thuy Than to a servant named Nhu Nguyen. Au Minh brought Nhu Nguyen to raise him in the house. Since then, Au Minh’s business has prospered every day. On a New Year’s day, for some reason, Au Minh beat Nhu Nguyen. Nhu Nguyen was so scared that he crawled into the garbage heap and disappeared. Since then, Au Minh has made a loss in business and soon became poor.
People believe that Nhu Nguyen is the God of Wealth and set up the Nhu Nguyen altar. That’s why the altar of the God of Fortune is often located in a hidden corner of the house. According to this legend, during the 3 days of Tet, there is a custom of abstaining from sweeping the house and sweeping the trash for fear of losing the hiding place of the God of Wealth.
3. Meaning of the God of wealth and prosperity
Legend has it that the day God of Fortune returns to heaven is the 10th day of the first lunar month. Since then, people have worshiped him every 10th day of the Lunar New Year to pray for a full year of wealth and prosperity. They call it the day of the God of Fortune. This day is extremely important for businessmen and traders. This is not only a day to thank the God of Wealth for blessing the past year, but also a day to exchange for the astral of the God of Fortune to bless the owner for a year of prosperous business.
4. The meaning of the God of wealth statue in feng shui
God of Wealth is the god who looks after money, gold, and silver, bringing good luck to business and business. With the desire that business will be more and more prosperous, trade is expensive, money is like water, blessings knock on the door, so many families and businesses have placed a statue of the God of Fortune in their homes, shops, or offices.
5. The location of the God of Fortune statue brings great benefits to the owner
Unlike the ancestral altar, the altar of the God of wealth and prosperity must be placed on the ground, in a corner of the house. The best position to place the God of Wealth statue is opposite the main door. So that when entering the house you can see the God of Fortune. In feng shui, this means that the God of Wealth welcomes new air into the house. And converts it into prosperous energy circulating in the house.
Do not place the God of wealth and prosperity statue near the trash can, toilet, or kitchen to avoid uncleanness. Nor should it be placed in a hidden corner because fortune cannot be gathered. In cases where the altar cannot be placed with its back to the wall due to choosing a direction. It is necessary to create a wall to avoid sharp corners behind the altar and help the altar lie firmly.
In the middle of the altar of the God of Fortune, place a bowl of incense and avoid touching the bowl when cleaning the altar. The flowerpot is placed on the right-hand side, the fruit plate on the left-hand side. Flowers offered to the God of wealth and prosperity are roses, chrysanthemums, and gerberas. Fruit should choose five fruits.
People often worship God of Fortune together with Mr. On the left (looking from the outside) is Mr. Than Tai, on the right is Tho Dia. Put in front of the incense bowl a jar of rice, a jar of salt, and a full jar of water.
6. Taboos when worshiping the God of Wealth
- Abstain from placing the altar of the God of Wealth overlooking the direction of the Five Demons. That is the Northeast and Southwest directions.
- Don’t wear sloppy and ragged clothes when worshiping.
- Abstain from swearing before, during, and after the offering.
- Don’t bring offerings to the God of wealth and prosperity to outsiders
- Abstain from using flashing lights and electric bulbs because they easily create a bad airfield, negatively affecting worship.
7. What to buy for luck on God of Wealth Day?
Every year, January 10, according to folk beliefs, is the day of the God of wealth and prosperity. On this day, people invite each other to buy gold to pray for good luck and fortune in the whole new year.
If you do not want to “mortify” at the gold shops on the first day of the year, you can choose to buy products from 24K gold to bring you good luck and fortune. Here is a suggestion you can refer to.
Statue of God of Fortune riding a horse inlaid with gold
The God of Wealth is a person who specializes in managing money on earth and distributing fortune to people. Therefore, he worshiped by the people, especially for those who do business in their homes or shops, there is always a statue of the God of wealth and prosperity