Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Fu Lu Shou at Chin Swee Temple, Genting Highlands
Taoist beliefs are centred around the seven stars in the constellations of the Plough, the Great Bear and the Big Dipper. The stars in these constellations that represent heavenly deities, the most prominent being the 3 star deities; Fu Lu Shou.
The first star deity is Shou - God of Health & Longevity. He usually carries a staff with a bottle gourd of nectar, and accompanied by other auspicious symbols of longevity such as the white crane, peaches, the wu lou gourd (calabash or bottle gourd) and some pine branches. He is always placed on the left as shown in this picture.
Fu - God of Wealth and Happiness, also known as the God of Income and Prosperity. He is usually depicted as wearing the robe of a rich merchant and carrying a child. He is always placed on the right as shown in the picture.
Lu - God of Power (Rank & Affluence). He is usually depicted as holding the Ruyi, a symbol of power and good fortune. He is always placed in the centre.
Together, the three star gods of Fu Lu Shou symbolizes Health, Wealth and Happiness which can be interpreted as Longevity, Prosperity and Power.
This picture is taken at the Chin Swee Temple, Genting Highlands.
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