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Peranakan Shelters

batik, Chinese spoons, Buddhist beads, enameled bucket, Indonesian military costumes & emblems, digital print on canvas

2004

The Buddha of Prosperity's fat belly is the underlying theme for these costumes. The Buddha of Prosperity is also popularly known as the “Fat-Bellied Buddha” in Southeast Asia . It is based on the belief that offering money to the Buddha of Prosperity will in turn bring good-luck, wealth and protection to the giver or worshipper. This reflects one of mankind's main aims in life, which is to progress from being into well-being. This search for prosperity and well-being is rooted in our genes and psyches.