Well, I do.
I have this yellow ceramic cat at my work desk which brings me good luck.
I know it is silly, but I choose to believe that this little yellow ceramic cat is my good luck charm.
My ceramic cat is a Maneki-Neko cat or a beckoning cat.
You can see these Maneki-Neko cats in front of most Japanese and Chinese businesses inviting customers in.
There is a story behind the Maneki-Neko cats. Legend has it that long ago, a wealthy Japanese man took shelter under a tree during a storm. The tree was close to a temple. He noticed a cat outside the temple trying to get his attention. So, he started to follow the cat into the temple. Then all of a sudden, lightening struck the tree.
The wealthy man, believing that the cat saved his life, became the benefactor of that temple and that temple became prosperous because of it.
On a recent trip to the Byodo-In Temple on the island of Oahu, I bought two Maneki-Neko cats. One for me and one for my mom who was waiting for a medical test result.
|My new kitty|
So, are you courageous enough to reveal your good luck charm?
Here are a few books about superstitions:
The dictionary of superstitions
They don't wash their socks! : sports superstitions
Signing off until next Monday- Panteha