Fortune-Bearing Animals Worldwide

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BetMGM Jun 10, 2023, 10:40 PM

Casino enthusiasts, regardless of whether they prefer to play live or online casino games, often wish to have Lady Luck on their side when the stakes are high. Some might say that wins are entirely dependent on luck; others might argue that it’s about strategy and knowledge, while others believe that it’s a combination of both. Irrespective of where you stand on the matter, one fact is that luck is something pursued by people across the world.

Because of the pursuit of an unknown advantage, people have identified certain ornaments and symbols that have become known as gambling charms. However, this is something that extends far beyond the casino industry, as certain animals are believed to bring good fortune. Although this differs across regions and cultures, here are seven animals that are known to be fortune-bearing around the world. You might hope to encounter one before you play casino games online or in person.

 1. Beetles

Beetles represent different things in different cultures and are widely associated with more than just luck. They’re said to represent protection and resourcefulness, which signifies harmony and a sense of restoration in some parts of the world. In Ancient Egypt, beetles were revered and sacred because of their ability to harness the power of the sun, making them an integral part of nature and the overall state of balance in the community and agriculture. Because there are different types of beetles, it’s expected that they carry their own symbolism rooted in good fortune.

 2. Elephants

If you’re no stranger to themed online slots, then you might be familiar with elephants and how they’ve been positioned as a sign of good fortune in different cultures. This is especially true in Buddhism and Indian culture, where you can expect to come across statues and figurines of elephants from people who practice any tradition that values elephants. The strength and might of this animal make it a respected part of the animal world, in addition to being associated with positivity, fertility, luck and prosperity, among other things.

3. Goldfish

This cute and sentimental animal is often kept as a pet, not only because of how aesthetically pleasing it is, but also because of the good fortune associated with it. If you’re a collector of lucky plants to keep in your home, then a goldfish might be the perfect addition to your collection. Despite being thought to have a short memory span (this is more myth than fact,) goldfish are said to bring prosperity and are linked to fertility.

 4. Rabbits

Many people are aware of the luck associated with a rabbit’s foot, which has become an amulet coveted the world over. However, rabbits’ good fortune is believed to extend far beyond that. In Northern Europe, for example, it was tradition for children to be given white rabbits to signify the success and prosperity that their families wished over their lives. In some parts of the world, it’s believed that if you wake up and say the word “rabbit” three times at the start of the new month, you’re already setting the tone to have a very good month.

5. Frogs

Different cultures and religions have varying explanations of the luck associated with frogs. In most cases, frogs symbolize protection against evil spirits and misfortune. Other cultures believe frogs bring financial success and overall wealth. In fact, if you’re familiar with the Chinese symbol of prosperity, the three-legged frog, formally called the Jin Chan, you might already be familiar with the fortune associated with frogs.

 6. Pigs

Did you know that pigs are among the most fertile farm animals around? Because of their ability to reproduce in large numbers, fertility, luck and good fortune have become their main association. There are many reasons behind the link to good fortune, with others believing that seeing a family of pigs is a lucky omen.

 7. Cats

Superstitious people will be the first to tell you that black cats are far from being considered lucky, which is true. But what about white cats, ginger cats or any other colored cat? Those are widely believed to signify luck. In Ancient Egypt, cats were considered extremely lucky and sacred. This is also true in Japanese culture. The maneki-neko is a white cat statue or figurine that’s said to bring prosperity.

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With a better understanding of the lucky animals of the world, you might consider it a good omen if you come across one before any of your casino games. While the concept of luck has yet to be scientifically proven or verified, it offers you confidence before you play casino games. If you’re ready to put your skills to the test and gain access to limitless winning potential, register at BetMGM to explore what the online casino has to offer.

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