List of lucky symbols

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This is a list of lucky symbols, signs and charms. Luck is symbolized by a wide array of objects, numbers, symbols, plant and animal life which vary significantly in different cultures globally. The significance of each symbol is rooted in either folklore, mythology, esotericism, religion, tradition, necessity or a combination thereof.

Symbol Culture Notes
7 Sept.svg Christian [1][2]
8 Huit.svg Chinese Sounds like the Chinese word for "fortune". See Numbers in Chinese culture#Eight
Albatross Albatross2 (PSF).png Considered a sign of good luck if seen by sailors.[3][4]
Agimat Philippine mythology barnstar protection amulet.jpg Filipino
Bamboo Bamboo at Zizhuyuan.jpg Chinese [5]
Barnstar BarnstarProud.jpg United States [6][7]
Dreamcatcher Atrapasueños-rafax2.JPG Native American (Ojibwe) [8][9]
Fish Longnose trevally.png Chinese, Hebrew, Ancient Egyptian, Tunisian, Indian, Japanese [10][11][12][13][14][15]
Four-leaf clover Four-leaved clover1.jpg Irish and the Celts [16][17]
Horseshoe Blue horseshoe.svg English and several other European ethnicities Horseshoes are considered lucky when turned upwards but unlucky when turned downwards but some people believe the opposite..[18][19]
Jade Han jade dragen.JPG Chinese
Maneki-neko Maneki neko Germersheim 2.jpg Japanese, Chinese Often mistaken as a Chinese symbol due to its usage in Chinese communities, The Maneki-neko is of Japanese origin.
Pig Pig USDA01c0116.jpg Chinese, German [20]
Rabbit's foot Rabbitsfoot.jpg A rabbit's foot can be worn or carried as a lucky charm.[21]
Wishbone Wishbonephoto.jpg Europe, North America [22]
Sarimanok Sarimanok bird of Philippine Folklore.jpg Maranao
White Elephant RoyalWhiteElephant.jpg Burmese, Thai [23]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Dolnick and Davidson, p. 85
  2. ^ Greer, p. 21
  3. ^ Webster, p. 6
  4. ^ Dodge, p. 748
  5. ^ Parker, p. 150
  6. ^ Urbina, Eric (July 22, 2006). "For the Pennsylvania Dutch, a Long Tradition Fades". The New York Times. Retrieved April 26, 2011. 
  7. ^ Votruba, Cindy (September 8, 2008). "It's in the Stars". Marshall Independent. Retrieved April 26, 2011. 
  8. ^ Young, Eric (February 2, 1998). "New Age Solution for Coping with Material-world Tension" ((subscription required)). The Sacramento Bee. Retrieved April 26, 2007. 
  9. ^ Thrall, Christopher (September 17, 2005). "Objects in the mirror may be more complex than they appear" (subscription required). Postmedia News. Retrieved April 26, 2011. 
  10. ^ Helfman, p. 400
  11. ^ Marks, p. 199
  12. ^ Toussaint-Samat, p. 311
  13. ^ Hackett, Smith, & al-Athar, p. 218
  14. ^ Sen, p. 158
  15. ^ Volker, p. 72
  16. ^ Dolnick and Davidson, p. 38
  17. ^ Binney, p. 115
  18. ^ Cooper, p. 86
  19. ^ DeMello, p. 35
  20. ^ Webster, p. 202
  21. ^ Webster, p. 212
  22. ^ Edward A. Armstrong."The Folklore of Birds" (Dover Publications, 1970)
  23. ^ "'Lucky' white elephant for Burma". BBC News. November 9, 2001. 

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