The Red String of Fate
Unable to focus, I glance behind to find the girl doing the same. Then she holds up her wrist with a question on her face.The Red String of Fate is the belief that some dismiss as an old wives' tale--nothing more than a girl's fanciful notion. Those who put stock in it believe that if two people have a red thread that connects from their pinky to another person's pinky, they are destined to meet and become lovers, possibly even get married. The thread may stretch, but it never breaks.
Beyond the Common Mythobon or times when the descendant needs help.
Variations & Mutation
Koreans think of it tied around the couple's pinkies, like the modern Japanese version. The old Japanese version says that the string connects from a woman's pinky finger (which connects to the heart by the ulnar artery) to a man's thumb. The Chinese believe that the string connects around the intendeds' ankles.
You'll see this theme in anime and manga. A recent example is in the anime Your Name.
I wanted to include this darling myth from Japanese culture. So I found a way to make it unique by adding the magical aspect and the intervention of the kami and ancestors.
Thank you for introducing me to this sweet tale. Good job tying it into your lore!
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C. B. Ash
This is SO nice! Thank you so much for writing this! It's a great myth.
Thanks much for the kind comment!