The Goddess Mae Nang Kwak is seen very often seen in Thailand, it is the Goddess of wealth and a statue of her is seen in most shops (and even in banks !), in her traditionnal posture
with one or two harms raised to "call the customers".
Very often, but not alway, Mae Nang Kwak is seen holding a bag of money
or sit on a pile of banknotes and ingots.
Mae Nang Kwak is in fact an aspect of Mae Posop (goddess of harvest & abundance),
who is herself the Thai version of the Hindu wealth Goddess Lakshmi.
A statue of Mae Nang Kwak made of...old crushed banknotes.
One can see some Mae Nang Kwak with their right hand raised, or their left hand raised
and even sometime with both hands raised !
The meaning of those variations is :
- Right hand raised : To help attracting customers to a "good" business (shop, restaurant...).
- Left hand raised : To help attract customers to a "bad" business (casino, brothel...).
- Both hand raised : Attract customers to any type of business + is used to attract lovers.
Sometime, Mae Nang Kwak can be represented as a pig, who is also a symbol of wealth.
Here we see a rare old pig amulet, doing the typical Mae Nang Kwak gesture.
Also sometime other deity (here a Phra Sanghajai wealth Buddha)
can be seen doing the same gesture.
The wealth fetching cat Maneki Neko.
Another wealth attracting talisman often seen in shops in Asia is the Manneki Neko cat,
that has the exact same posture as Mae Nang Kwak.
In Thailand, even banks use the Maneki Neko in the publicity.