The Maneki Neko Cat

The Maneki Neko Cat

29th Feb 2024

In the enchanting world of Japanese folklore, the Maneki Neko cat stands tall as a charming and beckoning figure, believed to bring good luck, prosperity, and positive energy to its admirers. Also known as the "beckoning cat" or "fortune cat," this iconic figurine has captured the hearts of many around the world.

The Maneki Neko's history can be traced back to Japan during the Edo period (17th to 19th centuries). The cat's name, which translates to "beckoning cat," is aptly derived from its distinctive paw-raised gesture that resembles a beckoning motion. Legend has it that a cat, seated in the same pose, beckoned a passing samurai to take shelter in a nearby temple just moments before a lightning bolt struck the very spot where the samurai had been standing. Grateful for the cat's warning, the samurai later endowed the temple with generous gifts.

One of the fascinating aspects of the Maneki Neko is its various paw positions, each believed to attract different types of good fortune. A raised right paw is thought to bring wealth and success, while a raised left paw is said to attract customers and clients. Some figurines feature both paws raised to maximize the positive energy they radiate. Additionally, the colors of the cat hold significance – white for purity, gold for wealth, and black for protection against evil spirits.

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