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Billiken statue on the campus of Saint Louis University The Billiken sprang from the height of the " Mind-Cure " craze in the United States at the start of the twentieth century. The Billiken helped touch off the doll craze of the era.
It is employed as a device that both prompts recollections of the male lead, Robert Taylor, and that links several scenes within the movie as the plot unfolds.
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Wizard of Oz author L. Frank Baum kept a Billiken doll on his piano. A statue was installed in the uppermost level of the original Tsutenkaku Tower as it was opened to the public in In , a replacement statue made its appearance in a new Tsutenkaku Tower that was built in Sports mascot[ edit ] In its heyday, the Billiken enjoyed worldwide celebrity. In America he became the athletic mascot of Saint Louis University , because the figure was said to resemble coach John R.
Louis University High School Campus. Bud Billiken was a youth-club mascot for the Chicago Defender , and was created in , and is known more contemporarily as the inspiration for the yearly parade of the same name held shortly before the start of the school year. McLeansboro is a strongly-Roman Catholic community located miles from St.
The Billiken is now used as the mascot for Saint Louis University. In , the Billiken began its appearance in souvenir shops of Alaska.
In Nome, Alaska , an Eskimo carver by the name Angokwazhuk copied a Billiken figurine in ivory brought to him by a merchant. Since that first appearance in Alaska, some Eskimo carvers began to include the billiken in the collection of figurines they created. Billikens were often carved from Alaskan ivory and were used in jewelry and knick-knacks.
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Often these souvenirs were accompanied by printed, romanticized Billiken lore. In Anchorage, the name was also adopted by merchants, as in the Billiken Drive-In movie theater. This section does not cite any sources. Please help improve this section by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. December Learn how and when to remove this template message Throughout Japan representations of the Billiken were enshrined.
Both of these statues were removed from display for many years at the onset of the war when foreign deities fell out of favor.
The most famous representation of the Billiken was in an amusement park, Luna Park , in the Shinsekai district of Osaka , Japan. Popular Billiken souvenirs in the park included dolls and manju. When the park closed in , the wooden statue of the Billiken went missing.
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A replica of the statue was placed in the second-generation Tsutenkaku Tower in In October , the Billiken of Tsutenkaku took a journey all the way from Japan to its "home" city of St. Louis, Missouri where it was visited by students of St. Louis University High School, whose mascot is also the Billiken. Due to wear particularly to the soles of the feet , the dark, worn statue replica from was replaced in May with a new one. Presently he resides on the fifth floor observation deck and has become closely associated with the tower.
Each year thousands of visitors place a coin in his donation box and rub the soles of his well-worn feet to make their wishes come true.