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In Japan, Fukurokuju (福禄寿) (from Japanese fuku, “happiness”; roku, “wealth”; and ju, “longevity”) is one of the Seven Gods of Fortune, according to Shinto beliefs. He is the God of wisdom and longevity (sometimes confused with Juroujin, who by some accounts is Fukurokuju's grandson). The seven fortune gods (七福神, shichi fukujin) in Japan refer to the seven gods of good fortune in Japanese folklore: ; . They are often the subject of netsuke carvings and other representations. ... A torii at Itsukushima Shrine Shinto (Kanji: 神道 Shintō) (sometimes called Shintoism) is a native religion of Japan and was once its state religion. ... Longevity is defined as long life or the length of a persons life (life expectancy). ... In Japan, Juroujin (寿老人) is one of the Seven Gods of Fortune or Shichi-fuku-jin, according to Taoist beliefs. ...

Usually portrayed as being bald, with long whiskers, he is said to be an incarnation of the Southern Polestar. In many depictions, Fukurokuju has an abnormally high forehead. The sacred book tied to his staff, contains the lifespan of every person on Earth. He is accompanied by a crane and a turtle, which are considered to be symbols of longevity. He is also sometimes accompanied by a black deer (ancient legends say a deer turns black if it is over 2000 years old). For other uses of the words Pole star and Polestar see Polestar (disambiguation). ... The forehead or brow is the bony vertical part of the head above the eyes. ... Genera Grus Anthropoides Balearica Bugeranus Cranes are large, long-legged with large talons and long-necked birds of the order Gargoyles, and family Gruesome killers. ... Families See text. ... Subfamilies Capreolinae Cervinae Hydropotinae Muntiacinae A deer is a ruminant mammal belonging to the family Cervidae. ...

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Fukurokuju - God of Wisdom and Longevity (591 words)
Fukurokuju probably originated from an old Chinese tale about a mythical Taoist Chinese hermit sage (Sung Period) renowned for performing miracles.
Fukurokuju is sometimes shown with a drinking vessel (tokkuri) in his left hand, but this is most likely a mistake, for it is Juroujin (not Fukurokuju) who is considered a lover of rice wine (sake).
Daikoku is the deity of prosperity, while Fukurokuju is the deity of longevity.
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