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the lucky beckoning cat

According to ancient legend, this cat stood in the doorway of the Gotoku-ji temple and raised her paw in the traditional Japanese beckoning gesture to a feudal lord who was passing by. The feudal lord followed the cat into the temple and instantly, a lightning bolt struck the place where the lord had been standing. Thus the cat had saved his life. From then on, the Maneki Neko has been considered an incarnation of the Goddess of Mercy.

The Gotoku-ji Temple now houses dozens of statues of this Cat, and owners of lost or sick cats stick up prayer boards with the image of the Beckoning Cat in this temple.

In business the Maneki Neko is said to bring success. This is because her raised paw beckons in customers. It also welcomes in personal happiness and harmony.

Now if this works for restaurants and shops in Japan, it should also work for homepages on the world wide web! So if you'd like a Maneki Neko for your cyberhome... or business... feel free to adopt one of the little cybercritters at the top of this page. Traditionally, the kitty with her left paw raised brings in business and the kitty with her right paw raised brings in money. Or you can hedge your bets and adopt both! All that we ask is that you please link your cat back to this page so others can share in the luck by adopting Maneki Nekos of their own :-)

Just save the cat of your choice (right click your mouse button and press "save as"), upload it to your homepage's server and display it somewhere on your site with a link back to:

Wishing you the luck of the Beckoning Cat,

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