General - A widely distributed small rodent. This animal appears in the mythologies of various countries. (1) In China, where it is called shu, the rat symbolises industry and prosperity and is one of the animals bearing the sun through the Zodiac. It is regarded as the guardian of the northern quarter. (2) Christianity regards the rat as symbolising evil. (3) In Egypt, the rat symbolises destruction and is sometimes deified. (4) In Hindu lore, the rat can be either the embodiment of a powerful demon or the favoured transport of Ganesha. (5) The Irish say that rats can be driven away by reciting poetry at them. (6) In Japan, the rat, known as nazumi, is the messenger of the god Daikoku. It is said that if rats eat the New Year cakes there will be a good harvest. (7) Romans believed that rats could bring good luck. (8) Some South African tribes wear rat-hair as a charm to guard against spears thrown at them by their enemies. On occassion, identified as rat, Iusas, Iusas, Eus-os, Iusaset, Iusau, Juesaes, Jusas, Rat, Uert-Heket, Iusaes or Rat.


Pacific Islands - Sister of Olofat. Occasionally identified as Rat, Iusas, Iusas, Eus-os, Iusaset, Iusau, Juesaes, Jusas, Rat, Uert-Heket or Iusaes.

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