The life is visible, touchit!
I’m a cat lover. Everytime I came across this cat at the entrance of asian restaurants I would wonder why thet had them. I understood it was kind of a Lucky Charm, but when did this story started at all?
“Big green eyes are the most important things I have on me. I can see clearly my path no matter human legs, dogs nor hights to that lovely fish. Humans? I like them, they make me prrrrrrr….”
This fabric was a great combination with my design Maneki Neko and it shows one of the importants dates for mexicans; day of the dead. It’s that time to remember those who are not with us anymore, what they loved to eat, flowers, colors, incense smell. The hope that in the 2nd. of November, God let’s them visit their loved ones and have their favorite meal with them.
“Up ahead I see a light, colors start to appear, bright yellow flowers shows me the way. This is a familiar scene… a familiar smell. Here you are! My old glasses! Oh…I was so young in this picture. This year’s bite of smell is more delicious then last year. Thank you always, dear.”
Behind the symbols
Maneki Neko symbol is inspired on a japanese bobtail cat. It’s a symbol of good luck and has a little bell so it can scare bad spirits. The story behind this “good luck charm” was made around Edo era. Actually they are many stories the most popular one was that one day the feudal lord of Hikone walked by a temple in Edo on his way home from falconry, the temple’s cat was beckoning to the lord in front of the temple gate. The feudal lord stopped by and had some rest. Just then, the clouds covered the sky all of the sudden and a severe thunderstorm arrived. Not getting wet or hit by thunder, the lord was so glad that he made a lot of donation to re-build the poverty-stricken temple. This temple is Gotokuji Temple which still exists in Tokyo.
In the past skulls where used in tzompantli, wich was an old practice of mesoamericans to decapitate victims for human sacrifices. They kept the skull as a symbol of ending a life cycle. When spanish arrived and conquered this was against catholic practices. Since they had so much trouble ending this practice they changed it for a different ingredient: sugar. They showed them alfañique technique to make their skulls and this practice comes to our days used on November 1st & 2nd for Day of the Dead celebration. Remembering those who have already left us.