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Beckoning Cat

Tuesday Oct 30, 2007 01:27:00 PM


This is a "Maneki Neko" or Japanese Beckoning cat.

Many Japanese business people wouldn't think of having a restaurant, store, bar, etc. without the presence of a beckoning cat. Maneki Neko's always have at least one raised forepaw but otherwise they can take many forms. A cat wearing a bib and a bell are typical sights in Chinese restaurants. The cat is waving to us, asking us to come into the shop or asking good fortune to visit the establishment.

The origins of Maneki Neko date back several centuries. The source of its power are explained with many tales. The most prevalent tale involves a poor temple in the woods: A traveler takes shelter under a nearby tree during a storm. A cat appears and beckons the traveler to follow it to avoid the storm in the temple. As soon as the traveler follows the cat, the tree and the spot he had been in are struck by lightning. Because the cat has saved him and brought him to the temple, the traveler and his family become patrons of the temple and bring it fame and wealth.

Others believe a similar tale involving a store or inn. There is also a story about a cat saving its owner from a snake--even when beheaded! Another cat loses its head when its owner catches it stealing gold coins. However, we learn that the cat was taking the coins to an ill and destitute fishmonger who had befriended the cat and needed money until its recovery. He is saved by the cat's coins. Therefore, some believe, Maneki Neko should carry coins or have coins dangling from their bibs to ensure wealth.

More prosaic origins may be tied to an agricultural belief that cats kept pests away from crops or satinworms and thus aided prosperity of the family. Other sources hint that the raised paw might be a coded phallic symbol because the cats are first found around the time when common but more graphic phallic good luck symbols were banned from inns and gambling houses by western-influenced Japanese governments.

There are many variations on the Maneki Neko and you may see the left paw or the right paw raised. Generally speaking, it is believed that the left paw beckons for people (customers) while the right attracts money or good fortune.

Some, however, believe the opposite!

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Last night I conducted gravity fee experiments from the top of the Fridge.  Bean was not really happy with this, as a number of items that were up there ended up on the floor.  It was all in the interest of science, you understand.

I have determined that there are no gravity fee zones surrounding the Fridge unless it is right under where the radio is.

I did not push the radio off because it is too big and heavy for me to move.

I did however push something in front of the radio and then off the top of the fridge in the area where the radio would have fallen, but it too hit the floor, so I'm fairly certain that area has gravity as well.

Purrrrrhaps I will check from the top of the bookcase next.

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