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Saturday, December 1, 2012
Nang Kwak Vs Maneki Neko
From Thailand: Nang Kwak
From Japan: Manei Neko
I am not sure if Nang Kwak existed earlier in Thai first, or
Maneki Neko is earlier in Japan; or which copied which. The reason is that both
of them have the same hand gesture and their function is also the same. But
what I do know is that Johnny and his newlywed Thai wife was having heated
arguments over which should stay put in their Thai restaurant.
Nang Kwak is represented as a woman wearing a traditional Thai
and sometimes Laotian traditional style dress. She also wears a golden crown on
her head and is in the sitting or kneeling position. Her right hand is raised
in the Thai way of beckoning a customer, with the palm of the hand pointing
downwards. Her left hand is resting on her side or holds a bag full of gold on
her lap. She is the patron Deity of all Merchants and Salesmen and can be seen
in almost every business establishment in Thailand. Worshippers use to offer
Nang Kwak soft drinks to symbolise sweet dealing on that day.
Okay. Let us go back to the story of the clashes of the
Unlike most of people in Sin-Ma, once Thai started to
worship a deity; they will continue throughout. The Sin-Ma people will worship
a deity with full enthusiastic for the first month, if they feel that their
luck is not changing for good, then on the second month; they would not put any
offerings to the deity. And most probably you will see another new deity on the
third month. The Thai has only one option: to believe with full faith and
Johnny wasn’t a fan of Thai deities to begin with. But since
his Thai wife insisted of worshipping Nang Kwak so even though he didn’t agree
but he has found no reasons to reject his wife. Finally after a few months in
operations, as his restaurant business was not progressing as has expected;
Johnny wanted to try the Feng Shui method and Japanese beckoning cat, Maneki
Even though facing with his wife’s strong objection, Johnny
persisted until his wife gave up the struggle and leave the restaurant business
to Johnny alone. Well, Johnny is only a businessman; he wasn’t expert in Thai cuisine.
Without his wife’s help, as expected; his restaurant was quickly losing
customers and finally Johnny has to close shop for good.
If you ask me if this incident was attributed to Nang Kwak’s
removal; I dare not say. I only know that running a Thai restaurant without good
knowledge in authentic Thai cooking will not go very far.