by devout Buddhist
According to some sources, she originally came from India, known as the angel
of fortune. Early Europeans
who came to Japan
"arbitrarily assigned" Benten the role of goddess of love.
She is the only Goddess amongst the Seven Lucky Gods (Shichifukujin
). The stringed-instrument she plays is called the biwa
. Benten represents amiability, though it is said that she has a jealous streak