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The Maneki Neko is an eye-catching ceramic, plastic, or metal cat depicted sitting and waving its paw up and down. Usually, it holds a pink, red, or golden bell with a small strap. The most common depictions of Maneki Neko show the cat with its right paw moving upwards, inviting luck and prosperity.
The origin of Maneki Neko has many fascinating folklore tales. The most widespread story associated with this charming cat dates back to the 17th century and tells of a woman who exploited herself to support her poor cat. One day, while passing by a temple, a stranger was beckoned inside by the cat's inviting gesture. He accepted the invitation and, in doing so, avoided a powerful storm. To honor this event, a ceramic statue of Maneki Neko was created, thus starting the tradition.
Types of Maneki Neko and their colors:
The different versions of Maneki Neko have various meanings. For example:
The colors of the Maneki Neko also have their own meanings:
1. Maneki Neko with golden coins represent wealth and prosperity.
2. Maneki Neko with red coins symbolize protection from bad luck and evil spirits.
3. Maneki Neko with pink coins symbolize love and good relationships.
To enjoy the luck and prosperity brought by the Maneki Neko, place it in a position visible from the entrance of your store, restaurant, or home. Let the Maneki Neko make its beneficial gestures and bring a smile to your face every time you pass by its side.
The Maneki Neko is an amazing and magical companion that brings luck and prosperity into our lives. This waving cat has won the hearts of many people worldwide because it reminds us that luck is always close, as long as we embrace it with an open heart and a smile.