Father of Ebisu
, Daikoku is the Japanese god
, patron of farmers
and protector of the soil
. Also known as the "Great Black One"
he is known for granting mortal's wishes. Usually portrayed as a buddha
-like fat, jolly merchant
type character, sitting on two bags of rice
with a bag of jewels
over his shoulder.
He wears a golden sun-disk amulet and carries a magical mallet which has the power to fulfill wishes. His familiar is the rat and he is also considered a friend to children.
His mallet has both male and female symbols engraved on it and he is sometimes portrayed as a goddess, Yasha.
He is also one of the Shichi Fukujin.