I have always been wondering about that.


  • Buddha said, “Make no image of me”

    The fat buddha, I believe was originally meant to refer a buddha in general and not, the Buddha. In India, any enlightened being is called a buddha (self-realized, enlightened, etc.). Siddhartha was known as the Buddha for being far advanced than the usual buddha.

    Technically, Krshna, Jesus, Mohammad, Moses, etc, would also be considered buddhas.

  • He is portrayed that way because, in the ancient world, it was considered a sign of prosperity to be fat. Being fat meant that you had wealth, could eat well and that you had plenty of resources. Thinness was a sign of poverty and ill fortune. That is why Buddha always has a nice, round belly.


  • Religious beliefs adjust deities to best serve their own agendas. No where does it say that God is a bearded man in a robe. Religion made it so. As a matter of fact, God was originally worshiped as a woman called Goddess, until religion changed God into a man.

  • Remember, in ancient society, obesity represented wealth and prosperity; the “Good luck Buddha” or “Hotei” of Japanese and Chinese culture was heavy to represent good health and prosperity, a mere symbolism, if you will, except it was trying to show prosperity and health of the mind.

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