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Literally: ’Good-Luck Pig’. A traditional Germanic belief in which the pig becomes a symbol or charm to embody or bring good fortune, health and happiness.We have very much enjoyed our mutually supportive relationship with you this year and say:
Thank you for making 2018 a truly joyous year!
Merry Christmas and a happy New Year
The Power of the Pig
Pigs have been thought to symbolise strength, endurance, and prosperity in many parts of the world. Be it wild, farmed, or domesticated: pigs have had an impact on human activity and beliefs for centuries.
In ancient Greece, pigs were presented as offering to Demeter, the Greek god of fertility. Germanic tribes celebrated the wild boar as their holy animal of the gods. In ancient Japan, the pig stood for strength and perseverance, and for the Chinese the pig is a symbol of contentment and happiness.
The German concept of a ‘Glücksschwein’ or Good-Luck Pig appears to date back to medieval times and can probably be ascribed to its role as consolation prize in popular contests conducted at rural funfairs. While the winner of the contest was given a prize, the loser was often given a piglet. Along with scorn and ridicule, the pig being carried to the new owner’s home also meant a new and lucky chance.
Pigs do not need lots of expensive food and will be happy with the discards from the kitchen table. With proper keeping they mature quickly and are ready for slaughter in about six months. A healthy sow will give birth at least twice a year, and the happy farmer can expect to see 5 new piglets being born each time. What a clever way of turning around a streak of bad luck.
And since in today’s human world we all experience our own moments of luck and misfortune, there is much to be learned from the moment we are handed our next piglet. As this can be a welcome opportunity to get things in order, prepare the trough, and come out stronger.
Oink Oink! & Merry Christmas