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The god of poverty became the god of wealth.
(Japanese classical stories)
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A long time ago, there lived a very poor couple who work very hard.
At one year end, when they were cleaning up their house thoroughly, they found a thin mouse-like figure on the household altar.
“I am the god of poverty.
You are working so hard that I decided to leave your house.
Keep yourself well.”
And the god left with a waddling walk.
Then the couple said,
“ Dear god, even if you say you are the god of poverty, you are still one of the gods.
Please stay in our house.”
“Really? I am the god of poverty, you know.”
“Yes, my god.
We will care about you. So please stay with us.”
The couple said so and pushed the god back on the household altar forcefully.
Since then, the couple offered food at household altar every day and kept working hard diligently.
After a while and before they notice, the couple became rich.
So they build a big house with a warehouse.
Today is the day of their movement.
The couple talked to the household altar.
“My god of poverty, shall we go to our new house together?”
Then the god appeared from the household altar dressed in a beautiful Kimono.
“Thanks to you, see how I look like. I really appreciate it. All good wishes on our future. ”
Because the couple cared the god so much, the god found himself being the god of wealth.
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