Akai Ito: Love on the red thread of fate (meaning and legend)
Legend of the Red Line of Fate (Akai Ito)
One of the stories tells that the god Yue Lao or Xia Lao Yue, meaning old man under the moon, who is responsible for weddings and unions, joining the predestined couples with a red thread around the ankle, meets a young boy and tells him that soon he will need to prepare for his destiny, namely marriage.
The young man, who was still quite immature, says that he does not intend to marry and that he no longer wants to take part in that conversation. However, the wise old man shows him, for the first time, the red cord that binds him to a girl.
After a few years, the young man, who had already become a man, even though he didn’t remember that childhood memory very well, couldn’t stop thinking about how much he wanted to find his ideal match.
Strolling through his village, under the moonlight, he spotted the silhouette of a woman with whom he soon fell in love and wanted to marry. After the wedding, he noticed that his wife had a scar on her face and asked how this had happened.
Japanese Red Thread
The legends and stories about the akai ito are very diverse and have spread mainly in China and Japan. Often it is even difficult to know their exact origin.
In Japan the red thread has the same symbolism, what changes is that instead of couples being joined at the ankle, the red thread of destiny is connected to the little finger.