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The God & Goddess Game: Test your Spiritual IQ

aventurine buddha headDid you know that on January 25th, the 12-year Chinese Zodiac resets? Whether you are a Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, or Pig... we've got news for you! If you haven't done so already, read your personalized 2020 "Year of the Metal Rat" Horoscope now.

In celebration of this big new start, let's play a game to test your spiritual IQ. Get your Chinese Gods & Goddesses knowledge in check by answering these questions. Game on!

DEITY KNOWLEDGE TEST

Buddha

1. What was Buddha's human name?  

2. Where was he born?

3. What does the word "Buddha" mean?

Kwan Yin

4. Kwan Yin is the Goddess of ______ ?

5. What is the translation of her original name, "Guanshiyin"?

6. Why is she often depicted with 1000 arms?

Laughing Buddha

7. What is Laughing Buddha's Chinese name?

8. Name 3 of the many qualities that Laughing Buddha represents.

9. For Feng Shui, Laughing Buddha should be placed facing a _____.

Dragon Turtle

10. The Dragon Turtle has the head of a _____ and body of a ______.

11. The Dragon Turtle is often found sitting or standing on a heap of ______.

12. What does the Dragon Turtle represent?

ANSWER KEY

1. Siddhartha Gautama, who lived from 563-480 BC, was the original Buddha and the founder of Buddhist philosophy. 

2. Nepal, in the Lumbini municipality to the south.

3. "Awakened" is the literal translation of Buddha, which is a Sanskrit word.

4. Kwan Yin is the Goddess of Compassion, Mercy, and Kindness. (Any one of these three words scores you a point).

5. Guanshiyin translates to "Observing the Cries of the World."

6. Kwan Yin is often depicted with 1000 arms because she has endless amounts of work to do with her mission of helping mankind. In trying to end suffering for human kind, Kwan Yin became so disheartened that her head shattered into 11 pieces. Buddha granted her 1000 arms because there is so much to do in aiding humanity.

7. Budai is the Chinese name of the Laughing Buddha. In Japanese, he is called Hotei. Some may call him Maitreya, but he is actually known as an incarnation of Maitreya. 

8. The Laughing Buddha is cherished for many of his positive representations. If you answered 3 of any of the following, you are correct: Happiness, Laughter, Abundance, Prosperity, Wisdom, Contentment, Wealth, Luck, Fortune, Enlightenment, Virility, Spirituality, Joy.

9. For optimal Feng Shui, Laughing Buddha should be placed facing a door.

10. The dragon turtle has the head of a dragon and body of a turtle.

11. The dragon turtle is often found sitting or standing on a heap of coins.

12. The dragon turtle is a symbol for: Protection, Wisdom, Nobility, Longevity, Peace, Stability, Luck, Prosperity, Family, Academia, Courage, Determination, Fertility. The emphasis on the symbolism often is characterized by the accessory to be found with the Dragon Turtle. For example, a Dragon turtle with a baby represents family. A Dragon turtle with a Pagoda represents academic success. (Any one of the several representations listed above wins you a point).

SCORING 

Every correct answer wins you a point. Here is your rank:

0-4: Student of Spirituality

5-8: Wise Soul

9-12: God or Goddess 

RECOMMENDATIONS

Student of Spirituality: Having simply participated in this fun quiz shows that you are ready to embark on your spiritual path. You are hungry for knowledge and wisdom that goes beyond everyday life. You want to know more because you realize that your creative soul is just as important as your logical mind. To continue your pursuit of spiritual wisdom, we recommend you keep Deity statues and a Dragon near your work desk, computer, and office.

Wise Soul: You are well on your way to enlightenment, already having studied up on spirituality. You understand the importance of balancing your chakras, safekeeping your aura, and engaging in healthy practices like meditation, Reiki, and healing. As a wise soul, you know that your life lessons never end, and there's always more. For you, we recommend you keep Deity statues and a Dragon in your living room and home.

God or Goddess: You are more advanced in spiritual knowledge and understanding than most. As you continue to work toward enlightenment, your wisdom can also be utilized by teaching and healing others. You are ready to help others on their path. If you haven't already done so, start learning about energy healing, and possibly start some spirituality groups locally. For you, we recommend wearing a Gold Master Medallion to keep your spirituality front and foremost in your mind, and in the mind of others. 

CONTINUE YOUR SPIRITUAL QUEST

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