“The Seven Lucky Gods of Japan” by Reiko Chiba

"The Seven Lucky Gods of Japan" by Reiko Chiba

"This Japanese Shinto book profiles each of the "Seven Luck Gods"—important deities in Japanese culture.

The Seven Lucky Gods of Japan are a group of deities whose origins stem from Indian, Chinese, and indigenous Japanese gods of fortune. Not all of the gods are mythical beings. One of them is an actual historical person. Each of the seven gods has been recognized as a deity for more than a thousand years and each has had its own large following of believers. Gradually, however, these gods were transformed from remote and impersonal deities to warmer and more benevolent teleological patrons of those professions, arts, and skills practiced by the Japanese."