Or maybe Santa Claus is the Western money god…
cÃ¡i shÃ©n dÃ o
“The god of wealth arrives”
This just went up at the subway station/shopping center that I walk through to get to work (å°ç™½æ¥¼). He faces a McDonald’s. Chinese New Year’s decorations are going up everywhere.
You can see lots of Chinese money god ï¼ˆè´¢ç¥ž or è´¢ç¥žçˆ·ï¼‰ images by doing a google image search for è´¢ç¥žã€‚
For details on the story behind one particular incarnation of the Chinese money god, see Bi Gan Temple æ¯”å¹²åº™ near Xinxiang, Henan æ–°ä¹¡ï¼Œæ²³å— â€“ 2010 Feb 22.