Ebisu | Bishamonten | Daikoku | Benzaiten | Fukurokuju | JUROJIN | Hotei One of the Seven Lucky Gods of Japan, Ebisu is the God of Fishermen who is invoked for plentiful fishing and safety, while sailing. He is often portrayed as a smiling and bearded Japanese peasant with a long fishing rod and sea bream and has often been represented with other fishes such as Red Snapper and Jelly fish. Japanese consider sea bream fish a symbol of good luck and fortune. In a variety of different Shinto representations, Ebisu is also depicted wearing a tall hat and holding a folding Japanese fan, which also stands for granting wishes. As the God of Fishermen, Japanese consider Ebisu as one of the favorite amongst the Seven Lucky Gods and has his origins in Japan unlike the rest six Gods that are known to have originated in China, India or have Buddhist links.He originated as the God of Fishermen but with changing social and economic scenario in the recent years, he is also looked up by businessmen and merchants for good luck, prosperity and better fortune in their ventures.In paintings and artwork, Ebisu is usually accompanied by Daikoku, the God Of rice and agriculture while according to traditional folklores, Ebisu is also considered the son of Daikoku. In sculptures, Ebisu is portrayed independently or with the complete set of Seven Lucky Gods. But popularly in Japan, Daikoku and Ebisu are considered as symbols of good luck and prosperity.But according to experts, another conflicting story traces the origins of Ebisu within the oldest Japanese chronicles, Kojiki have been dated to 720 AD. According to these ancient chronicles, the deity known as Hiruko-no-Mikoto is the third son of Izanami-no-Mikoto and Izanagi-no-Mikoro considered as the creators of Japan. As per the folk tale, he was born without bones, hands or feet and was cast out in the ocean, but was found and cared by Ebisu Saburo and soon came to be known as Ebisu, one of the cherished God’s of Japan. He is also worshipped as the God of children’s health and morning sun.Ebisu represents Candour, one of the seven virtues in the people which are symbolized as the Seven Lucky Gods. Full of mirth, with a jovial face and sometimes surrounded by small children, Ebisu is one of the popular Gods that are symbolized in many different materials such as wood, metal, gems, colored stone, semi precious gems and ivory as beautiful keepsakes in offices and at home.