There are several different legends about the Maneki Neko. The most well-known is about the poor priest, his cat and the rich feudal lord. The beckoning cat had truly brought prosperity to its owner and their home.
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There are several different legends about the Maneki Neko. The most well-known is about the poor priest, his cat and the rich feudal lord.
A poor priest lived in a small temple called the Gōtoku-ji temple (in Tokyo) with his beloved pet cat. He was barely getting by, having very little food and no worldly goods. One night a frightful storm hit the area. A traveler was passing by and stopped for refuge under a tree. Standing there in the pouring rain, he noticed a cat sitting by the door of a small temple. The cat kept waving his paw, as he was beckoning the man to come into the temple. The traveler was fascinated by the strange behavior of cat and wondered over to the temple.
Just as he reached the temple entrance, lightning struck down on exactly the same spot he had been standing just moments earlier. The beckoning cat had saved his life. It so happened that this traveler was an extremely rich feudal lord. He showed his gratitude by showering the temple with enormous amounts of gifts and money.
The beckoning cat had truly brought prosperity to its owner and their home. Get your Maneki Neko today!