Fair-trade Happy Buddha Statues | Laughing Buddha Statues The laughing Happy Buddha statue or Chinese Buddha statue as he is sometimes known began life as a monk named Angida. He was a very talented snake catcher. He used his talents to capture venomous snakes so that no one in his village could be injured or worse still die from a snake bite. Angida would never kill the snakes; he would calmly remove their fangs then simply let them go. Because of his selfless act he became known as Bodhi or the Laughing Buddha to you and me. In almost every documented case of Happy Buddha statues you will notice Bodhi is carrying a sack. The sack will never be empty as inside the sack he carries food for the hungry, sweets for the children, rice plant and lastly he is said to carry the woes of the world. If Bodhi is not seen with a sack he will be seen with an amulet or an overflowing begging bowl. The amulet or begging bowl symbolizes generosity and authority in heaven. To summarize Bodhi the laughing Buddha Statue represents happiness, prosperity, good luck and plenitude to your home. Each and every stone and wooden Buddha statue we sell is a Genuine Hand carved item, meaning it has been carved with true spiritual meaning and passion by our Buddhist artists and not mass produced by machine in a factory.