Monday, January 23, 2012

From my bookshelf

One book I found in my bookshelf-The Seven Lucky Gods of Japan (1966)
"The Seven Lucky Gods of Japan are a group of deities whose origins stem from Indian, Chinese, and indigenous Japanese gods of fortune… The earliest mention of the Seven Lucky Gods as a group was made in 1420 as place called Fushimi where it had been recorded that a procession of the Seven Lucky Gods was held in imitation of the famed daimyo processions."

"One of the many beliefs concerning the Seven Lucky Gods is that during the first three days of the new year,  (they) become sailors and command a magic ship called the takarabune.'

The Seven Lucky Gods of Japan are: Benten, Ebisu, Hotei, Bishamon,Daikoku, Fkurokuju, and Jurojin. Benten is the god for writers, artists, and photographers.

From the library:
Sea-Cat and Dragon-King by Angela Carter (an old children book-2000)
Fiction Ruined My Family by Jeanne Darst (2011)
The Street Sweeper by Elliot Perlman (2011)
The Mind edited by John Brockman (2011)

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