Luck Around the World

Luck is an uncontrollable and unpredictable force that can shape your life in a favorable or unfavorable way. Good luck charms, talismans, and rituals vary greatly depending on where you live and what your beliefs are. We’ve taken it upon ourselves to look into the different forms of luck around the world. Read on and maybe you will find something new to try to switch your luck in a different direction.

Depending on where you are in the world, luck can come in a variety of forms. Many different animals are thought to bring luck. In China, dragons, fish, elephants, and cranes have been known to represent good luck and prosperity. Tigers are also considered to be protectors against evil in China. Across Asia, crickets are also a sign of luck. This has been seen in popular culture in movies like Mulan, where the title character carries a cricket friend with her. Scarabs have been thought to bring good fortune since ancient Egyptian times, and ladybugs are also widely believed to be a lucky insect. Germanic cultures have often seen the pig as a lucky animal, and dolphins were symbols of luck in several ancient cultures including Greece, Sumer, Egypt, and Rome. For Christians and Native Americans, the dolphin is a symbol of protection, and its image is said to bring good luck. Certain animal parts have also been linked to luck. Western cultures have a long-held belief that rubbing a rabbit’s foot will bring you good luck, and alligator teeth are supposedly good luck for gamblers. Another well-known symbol is the horseshoe, which when hung with the open side up is a bringer of luck.

If you’re doing some traveling, and looking for luck in places you visit, we’ve found a few well-known lucky locations across the globe. In Ireland, kissing the famous Blarney Stone at Blarney Castle has been said to endow the kisser with the gift of eloquence and good luck in communicative skills. The Fushimi Inari-taisha shrine in Japan has been noted as a lucky spot for entrepreneurs to travel. The United States is home to some lucky spots as well. In Seattle, rubbing the nose of Rachel, a 700-pound bronze pig in Pike Place Market will bring luck. Hoover Dam is home to a 30-foot sculpture who is said to bring you luck when you rub her feet. Lincoln’s tomb in Illinois is a noticeably different color on his nose, where visitors have rubbed for luck. Back in Europe, a visit to the statue of St. John Nepomuk in Prague is said to bring visitors luck and guarantee a return visit to Prague someday. Be sure to pay proper respect to Saint Christopher, the patron saint of travelers, before heading off on any journey.

Wherever you are in the world, you are sure to find ways to improve your luck and perhaps turn it around!

Sources: Gadling, Huffington Post, Yahoo, Divine Caroline

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