On the Origin of Species: Meowth - Investigating the inspirations behind Pokémon

George Hutcheon writes: "So, stop me if you've heard this one...

Once upon a time, there was a priest who maintained a temple in Gotokuji, west of Tokyo. The priest kept a cat named Tama, and though he was very poor, he would often share his food with it. One day, though, the priest found that there was no food left, and in his hunger, he shouted at the cat: "I've always fed you in spite of my poverty, so couldn't you do something for this temple for once?" The cat got up and wandered out of the temple.

As it happened, the samurai lord of the district, Ii Naotaka, was out riding near the temple at the time. It started to rain heavily, prompting him to take shelter beneath a tree. He then noticed Tama sitting in front of the temple, beckoning to him. The cat's behavior puzzled him, and so he approached Tama with interest. As he walked, a bolt of lighting struck the tree he had been underneath and brought it crashing down. Tama had saved his life."

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Solidus187-SCMilk3045d ago

I always see those beckoning cats in Chinese restaurants and now i know why.

AgileNate3045d ago

I have always wondered the story of the Beckoning Cats. Cool to know.