Man Makes A Living Cosplaying As Real-Life “Laughing Buddha”

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Have you ever seen one of those souvenir statues of Maitreya, aka the Laughing Buddha. They are extremely popular and many people use them as good luck charms. But you know what’s better than a Laughing Buddha statue? A living, breathing Smiling Buddha.
Chinese Man Cosplays laughing buddha

Photos and videos of an overweight, bald man posing as the Laughing Buddha on a stage in China have been circulating on social media ever since last fall. Back then, Chinese newspapers reported that the man would get showered with money every time he performed, as people hoped their offering would earn them divine favor. He just sat there in the Buddha’s iconic position with his flabby belly exposed and a big smile on his face, but the audience loved it.
Chinese Man Cosplays laughing buddha
It was recently reported that ever since the real-life Laughing Buddha went viral last year, he has been making a living by performing his simple but popular impersonation. Apart from busking on the streets and staged performances, he has also been getting invited by Chinese companies to appear at corporate events and he has also started streaming his act online. Not a bad gig seeing as all he has to do is sit down and giggle.