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Uncovering the 'Red String of Fate': Do you believe in destiny?

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Jei Beltrano

August 30, 2020 at 2:10 PM PHT (GMT +8)

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Do you believe in destiny? Are you in search of your fated one? Have you ever heard of the "Red String of Fate"?

Many people believe that each person have one destined partner just waiting out there somewhere. It may not come soon as one might expect, but still there is a person who is tied to the other side of your red string for sure.

Uncovering the 'Red String of Fate': Do you believe in destiny?

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In some countries particularly in Japan, China and Korea, there is a belief about destiny – an ancestral story of what they call “The Red String of Fate”. The story follows…

“An invisible red thread connects those who are destined to meet, regardless of time, place or circumstance. The thread may stretch or tangle, but it will never break.”

This philosophy argues that our lives move in a pre-ordained direction guided by invisible strings of thread woven into the fabric of the universe itself. While we might not realize, these strings connect us to a distant person we are fated to meet. Varying from the length of the string, it signifies how long the two-fated ones will cross each other’s path that may be shortened or prolonged depending on the circumstance and place.

The idea of fate and destiny is so popular in Asia that it appears in just about every form of pop culture. Many of the Japanese drama, including anime, film and manga portrays the Red String of Fate as a story of two destined lovers connected by a single red thread. It shows plots full of obstacles, challenges and hindrances but at the end it always identifies the character’s destined “one true love” proving that the red thread will tangle or stretch but will never break.

The origin of the red string of fate is derived from an ancient East Asian belief. In the Japanese and Korean culture, it is thought that the string is tied around the little finger while around the ankles in the Chinese legend. It is believed that the color of the string being red symbolizes attraction and desire, as well as passion and love.

Moreover, for the Japanese, this belief is much more aesthetic and not just limited to intimate relationships but also with people whom we connect to. This also means a way to understand and describe our smallest to the biggest encounters with someone either in our ups and downs in life.

This proves the term ‘pinky swear’ relating to promises made to chosen people by crisscrossing each other’s pinky fingers that also has something to do with the location of the red string. It speaks of a type of a relation that emerges from a finger toward all those with whom we will make history and all those whom we will help in one way or another.

With this said, out of billions of people existing in this modern world, who do you think is at the other end of your Red String of Fate?

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