Rats in Myth, Folklore and Legend!
By Nicodemus and Krazzekez.
Karni Mata is home to the rat Temple, 30 miles south of Bikaner in Deshnoke. it is one of the strangest and most interesting holy sites in India.
The Rats here is sacred! The temple is devoted to the practice of rat worship, in connection with Hinduism.
In Hindu mythology, the elephant god Ganesh has a rat companion, who follows him wherever he travels. The rat is an integral part of Hindu worship. The Karni Mata Temple was originally constructed in the 17th century and was a shrine to an incarnation of the goddess Durga. Rats in this case are holy because they are considered to be reincarnations of people hiding from the wrath of Yama, the Hindu god of death.
The Romans sometimes saw rats as omens however a white rat was considered by the Romans as a good omen. A black rat has unfortunate significance. Many Fables were told in Rome of rat's and their many colours, maybe due to the Roman empire stretching over much of the word, therefore encountering different coloured rats. if you were Roman and found rats had gnawed your personal effects
it was said, one should hold off , their immediate plans until further notice.
Native American Totem .
According to the Native American Indians, the rat as a totem animal stood for : Adaptability. Self assurance. Sensitive to the environment.
The Rat in Oriental Mythology is Revered! Chinese mythology states that the rat was the bringer of, the gift of rice to the people. The rat is featured in the Chinese Zodiac. The rat here is honoured for his quick wits and his for being frugal, and a good harvester! The rat is often in this case associated with good business. rats are a symbol of good luck and prosperity in Japan and China.
The Rat in the Orient is A survivor, Wise and a gifted with a fast wit !
the Rat in the zodiac is most kindly complimented. Apparently those born under the rat have good taste., A royal to their friends, Humorous , Courageous, good observers and much more! You can look it up for some more detailed explanations.
In Ancient Japan, the white rat was, the messenger , Daikoku. A god of luck, one of seven.
The folklore says, a rat couple desired the strongest husband possible for their daughter.
So they pleaded with the sun deity, who promptly refused! It Announced that clouds overruled his decisions on these matters, as they could cover his powers .
So Rat mum and dad asked a cloud, It's response was thus
"The wind is stronger than I because it can blow me away."
The wind could not give them there wish either, it said "The wall stops me cold,"
the wall, though honoured by the plea answered,
"The rat is stronger yet !
He can bore a hole right through me." So the couple decided their daughter would wed another rat who was the strongest creature of them all !
Kyuuso neko o kamu
"A cornered rat bites the cat.") A stag at bay is a dangerous foe. A baited cat may grow as fierce as a lion.
When left with no option, even someone weak can fight. Or, even a coward is capable of bravery.
People born in the year of the rat are charming, honest and ambitious according to the Japanese Zodiac.
Rats in Japan, also appear in plays and artwork . A few examples are, Ninja hero's who shape shift into rats and an evil rat king who rules his castle from a mountain.