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  Fat Chinese boy with lotus and goldfish

 

Thailand

A Fat Chinese boy with a  goldfish refers to Golden Boy Jin Tong (fig.) saving the son of the Dragon King (fig.) in the form of a carp. It is also a symbol for wealth in succession, because the character for lotus is a homonym for the character for successively’ and the word for fish is a homonym for the word for ‘surplus’, i.e. of gold (fig.), whilst being fat is a symbol of excess too.