Disabled people and people that have a mental illness can have an animal to be an emotional support or service animal. People that hunt uses them to help them find and retrieve animals. Farmers use them to protect their animals from predatory animals and to prevent them from wandering away. It is no surprise that people that go to casinos believe that certain animals can bring them luck.
There are good luck charms that are well-known for bringing good luck to people. They include rabbit’s feet, four-leaf clovers, and rainbows. Along with these good luck charms, there are also animals around the world that people consider to be lucky because they bring them good fortune. Every one of these animals has a culture that cherishes them and their origin is important to them as well.
The Lucky Pig
“Gluecksbringer” is the German word for lucky charm. In Germany, people can find many of them for sale all throughout the country. They sell traditional good luck charms like the four-leaf clover, ladybug, or a horseshoe. However, there is one thing that Germans consider to be good luck is part of their cultural history from many years ago and that is the Schwein.
If a person happens to get into an argument with a German and they get called a “Schwein,” they should know that the person is not paying them a compliment. It is the German word for pig and it is related to the English word swine. People regularly call a person this name if they think they are despicable or unpleasant. However, if they add the all-important extra syllable of Gluckss, then you can have peace-of-mind knowing that they are paying you a compliment. A Glucksschwein is not a regular pig. It is a good-luck pig, so therefore it is believed to a compliment in Germany.
The pig became popular in Germany because it is part of their mythology. In one story, two dwarf brothers worked very hard using a furnace to make a special gift out of pig’s skin and golden wire for Freyr the Norse god of peace, fertility, rain, and sun. Someone gave Freyr a golden boar named Gullinbursti (which means golden bristles) to pull his chariot. Freyer’s sister, the goddess of love, beauty, fertility, gold, sorcery, and death had a boar as a pet. Since these mythological characters made them popular, the boar is seen as a symbol of courage, strength, fertility, and is thought of as sacred.
Rabbits are also considered to be lucky. In many different cultures, they symbolize fertility and prosperity. In some parts of Northern Europe, they used to give white rabbits to children so they would be successful in life. Also, in western cultures (mainly Britain and North America) say “rabbit, rabbit, rabbit” on the first day of the month when they first wake up in the morning to get good luck. A lot of people all over the world also carry a rabbit's foot with them, which is considered to be a symbol of good luck.
When a lot of people think of goldfish, they think that they do not have a good memory. They should think of them as symbols of abundance and fertility. In ancient Greece, people thought that the goldfish brought good luck in marriage and relationships. It is also one of the sacred symbols of the Buddha and is thought of as a good luck charm in many places throughout the world (especially in Southern Europe). The Slavs believe if you catch a goldfish, three of your wishes will become fulfilled.
There are many reasons that frogs are considered to be lucky. The main reason is that they are associated with rain. The reason for this is when it rains, the crops grow. When the crops grow, people do not go hungry. They are one of many good luck charms in countries like China and Japan. The frog is also a symbol of fertility and safe travels.
Elephants are a symbol of good luck in many different cultures, first and foremost Buddhism and India. A lot of people think that elephants will bring them good luck so they will elephant statues and figurines all throughout their home. Depending on their position, elephants are believed to bring good fortune to a home, as well as protection, love, fertility, success in school, and a lot more.
Not only were cats were thought of as sacred in ancient Egypt, they are presently a sign of good luck in a lot of cultures. There is even a famous white-colored Japanese cat figurine. It is named maneki-neko and it is a good luck charm, and is often thought to bring luck to the person that owns it. In Germany, if a black cat crosses your path from left to right, then it is considered to be lucky. However, if it crosses your path from right to left, that is considered unlucky.
Bugs and Beetles
Scarab beetles are considered to be lucky. In ancient Egypt, people wore small pieces of jewelry that were shaped like them. They were considered to be connected to the sun god Ra and his life-giving powers. People also thought that they were lucky because they thought of them as the protector of their heart.
Ladybugs are also considered to be good luck in many different countries, but mainly across Europe. If a ladybug lands on a person in Russia or Serbia, then it is believed that they will have good luck. The person needs to make a wish before the ladybug flies away.
From being pets to being good luck charms to people that play games in a casino, animals are very valuable to our world and they always will be.