Query:- I have seen many shops displaying a cat with a paw raised in front of their shops, which one should be used to enhance the business and what is its significance?
Answers:- These cats are called as Maneki-Neko or the beckoning cats or the fortune cats. These are primarily Japanese cures for luck, prosperity, health etc.
Legend:-It is said that there was once a rich man in Japan who got lost in the storm and took shelter under a tree near a temple. He saw a cat beckoning him into the temple premises. He followed the cat and came inside the temple. Shortly after that the tree was struck with lightening and he realized that the cat had in fact saved him. He made a statue of the cat and put it outside the temple. Since then these cats have become harbingers of good luck and happiness.
Meaning of the paw raised etc.:-The cat with the left paw raised is kept to attract customers. The cat with the right paw raised is to let in good fortune and money. Cat with both the paws raised is kept for protection of the premises.
Significance of colors of Maneki-Neko:- They are mostly seen in the traditional calico colour.
White Maneki –Neko- is known to attract happiness, purity and positivity.
Gold Maneki-Neko-attracts wealth and prosperity.
Black Maneki-Neko-Wards off evil spirits.
Red Maneki-Neko- Ensures success in love and relationships.
Green Maneki-Neko-Is good for health.
Significance of what Maneki-Neko is carrying:- Often Maneki-Neko is seen carrying different objects such as:-
1.Maneki-Neko carrying ryo is to enhance wealth prospects. 2.Maneki –Neko carrying magic money mallet,which when shaken attracts wealth. 3.Maneki-Neko carrying a fish or carp –attracts wealth. 4.Maneki-Neko-carrying marbel or crystal ball is symbolic of wisdom.
In my opinion a golden Maneki-Neko carrying a ryo,mallet,carp or raising its right paw is good to be put in the business premises.
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