Throughout history, we have enjoyed close relationship with animals.
But unfortunately, we haven’t treated all animals in the same way. Some are favored or even worshiped as a god, but some are hated and looked with disgust. Very unfair.
In Buddhism, all animals are treasured. Animals are believed to possess Buddha nature and therefore potential for enlightenment.
Buddha also teaches the doctrine of rebirth. Any human could be reborn an animal, and any animal could be reborn as a human. We are all interconnected and humans and animals were part of a single family.
I do not practice Buddhism but, I like this belief very much.
Among many loved animals in Asia, there are certain lucky animals and used as charms.
I have been knitting these to bring good luck to my family. Isn’t it a lovely idea?
All animals in Chinese Zodiac calender are considered to be good luck animals. On top of these,
Owl: called “fukurou” in Japanese.The name can be written in different sets of characters. One with the meaning of Luck (福 fuku, luck; 来ku, to come ;郎 ro suffix used in boys’ names) and the other as protection from hardship (不 fu, no, 苦労 kurou suffering/hardship).
Cat: You may have seen a porcelain sitting cat with paw raised and bent. It is called “Maneki Neko”, also referred to in English as the “good fortune” or “good luck” cat. It is most often seen in businesses to draw in money.
Raccoon dog: We often see statues that look like little dogs or badgers standing outside of restaurants and shops in Japan. These statues are raccoon dogs. They are popular because their plump and happy looking appearances are believed to be symbols of good luck.
Turtle: symbolizes longevity and good luck.
So I knitted some of these lucky animals.
In Feng Shui, good luck charms are displayed certain part of the house. For example, to display a pair of statues in your living room or bedroom will bring happy family life with good relationships.
I am not a Feng shui expert, but I do like the idea of looking after your house to assure health and good fortune for people inhabiting it.
Feng shui knits. Isn’t it nice if you can bring luck to your home with your knitting?