Friday, 29 December 2017

Lucky Waving Cat

A few years ago i acquired a small, waving lucky ceramic cat with Asian writing on it, very cute and for about three days it sat on a shelf constantly waving at everyone before becoming a victim of the clumsiest real cat known to man and gravity so it wasn't that lucky after-all but as they are now so popular i am spoilt for choice of where to replace it from. 
The Lucky Waving Cat, or maneki-neko as its called, is Japanese and is a lucky charm which is believed to bring good luck to the owner and some say it isn't waving but actually beckoning while others say it is washing his face which is considered lucky.
The legend i was told behind the cat is that a down on his luck Japanese shop-owner took in a starving, stray cat despite barely having enough to feed himself. In gratitude, the cat sat in the front of the store washing his face (therefore not waving as such) and looking damn cute which bought in customers, thus bringing prosperity as a reward to the kind shop owner.
There are some rules for buying your Lucky Waving Cat (or face washing/beckoning cat) though.
A cat with it's left paw raised is for business and the right paw for the home and you should choose the colour of the cat depending on the area you wish to receive your good luck.

Natural: Considered to be the luckiest
White: Happiness, purity, and positive things to come
Gold: Wealth and prosperity
Black: Wards off evil spirits
Red: Success in love and relationships
Green: Good health

Most of the cats are holding a fish, usually a carp which symbolizes an abundance of good fortune but you can get some holding coins, or a gem for wealth.

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Keep Life Simple said...
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Falling on a bruise said...

I don't believe, it's all rubbish but they are cute.

Keep Life Simple said...
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