Welcome back to a quick theory for your entertainment.
Some time ago, I stumbled upon the 7 Seven Lucky Gods of Fortune and the Heavenly Kings. Surprisingly, they bare some similarities to One Piece characters and I believe they were one of the inspirations for the said characters.
This is Monkey D. Garp
This is Don Chinjao and his design is even based off Fukurokuji.
This is Dr. Vegapunk(Vegapunk is from a winter island and most likely has a long head…no jokes please)
This is Tsuru.
Daikokuten is the god of wealth, commerce and trade. He is also the god of thieves. Daikokuten is often paired with the lucky god Ebisu.
This is Scopper Gaban. Gaban means “thief” or “to steal” and was shown with someone we all know.
This is Crocus.
Bishamonten is the god of warriors. Bishamonten is also called Tamonten “listening to many teachings” because he is seen as the guardian of the places where the Buddha preaches. He was also a punisher of evildoers – a view that is at odds with the more pacifist Buddhist king.
This is Silvers Rayleigh. In contrast to the lovable Roger(the people that knw him), Rayleigh was the more serious “Dark King” and “Lord of the Underworld.”
Bishamonten was also one of the 4 Heavenly Kings.
Bishamonten as a heavenly king is called “Virupaksa.”
Virupaksa which means “he who sees all”, his symbolic weapon is a snake or red cord that is representative of a dragon. As the eye in the sky, he sees people who do not believe in Buddhism and converts them.
This is 1oo Beast Kaidou.
This is Gol D. Roger.
This is Sengoku(praying to Buddha bring health and growth to crops).
This is Edward Newgate.
*Theory by Vandenreich