Who would not like to get lucky? Of course, everybody wants it. Luck can take many forms in different cultures, and in the Oriental culture, it appears as a cute and lucky cat charm – Japanese Lucky Cat. You can see it all over Asia, waving you through a window to attract good luck. Why do people like to bring cat bracelet? Let’s try to find a real meaning of this symbol.
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What is lucky cat?
Fortune Cat is known as Maneki Neko in Japanese, which means “beckoning cat.”. Other common monikers include Lucky Cat, Money Cat, Waving Cat and Welcoming Cat. In addition, the Maneki-neko is a common Japanese figurine which is often believed to bring good fortune and wealth to its owner. Additionally, this feline is considered very lucky. Anyone seeking success is sure to have a statue of this cat.
This cat comes in all sizes and is found in homes, businesses, shops and so on. Then the Maneki Neko has become a global phenomenon. The popularity of these lucky cats seems to be increasing constantly.
Moreover, Lucky cats are most often ceramic, however, you may find them made from any number of materials–from wood or plastic, to luxury lucky cats made from jade or gold.
History of the Beckoning Cat
The Interesting History of the Beckoning Cat Goes Back to the Edo Period. According to one legend, the cat figurine beckons because a weary traveler was making his way past a temple in Edo. As he passed, a cat sat outside and beckoned the man to follow. Then, The man followed the cat into the temple and began to look around. Shortly after his entrance to the temple, a large and sudden thunderstorm rolled through Edo.
The man, so grateful to the cat for bringing him to shelter from the storm, raised money, and purchased the temple to be his family temple. Besides, it later became Gotokuji Temple. Soon, the Maneki Neko became an offering of gratitude which evolved into a figure thought to bring luck. This is the most popular legend.
You can find thousands of Lucky Cat figurines at Gotokuji Temple
As mentioned before, Maneki Neko originates at Gotokuji temple, at least if you follow the aforementioned legend. While it’s not likely that random people meandering near Gotokuji temple will be beckoned by a cat, the temple is a popular place for the figurines.
In fact, there are shelves that are filled to the brim with as many Maneki Neko figurines as can be crammed onto a single surface. As the main setting of the origin story of Maneki Neko, Gotokuji is currently filled with many different varieties of the beckoning cat statue, so that tourists can invite luck into their own lives.
The Symbolism Behind the Maneki Neko Colors
While you’ll most commonly see a white Maneki Neko with orange and black spots, there are quite a few color variations of the Maneki Neko and they each have a special meaning.
- Calico: Traditional color combination, 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
The Meaning Behind What the Maneki Neko Is Wearing and Holding
Maneki Neko is a finely dressed cat usually adorned with a bib, collar and bell. In the Edo period, it was common for wealthy people to dress their pet cats this way; a bell was tied to the collar so that owners could keep track of their cats’ whereabouts.
Fortune Cat figurines often holding other things in their paws. These include
- A koban worth one ryo: This is a Japanese coin from the Edo period; a ryo was considered to be quite the fortune back then.
- The magic money mallet: If you see a small hammer, this represents wealth. When shaken, the mallet is supposed to attract wealth.
- A fish, most likely a carp: The fish is symbolic of abundance and good fortune.
- A marble or gem: This is another money magnet. Some people believe it’s a crystal ball and represents wisdom.
Japanese Lucky Cat can also be found holding gourds, prayer tablets, daikon radishes and ingots. These items also represent wealth and good luck.
Therefor, regardless of the name, legend, raised paw, color or item in its paw, you basically can’t go wrong with a Maneki Neko perched by your side.
About Neko cat agarwood beaded bracelet
Neko cat agarwood beaded bracelet is a combination of the familiar image of the genius Cat made from high-class Thai silver with Agarwood beads taken from Laos. Under the sophisticated hand of the craftsman, he has made exquisite Agarwood bracelets to every detail. The harmonious combination of silver charm beads and Agarwood brings flexibility to the bracelet. The bracelet is usually made of 50 to 54 Agarwood beads, meaning luck, blessing and prosperity.
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