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This Ancient Legend Says Soulmates Are Joined By The Divine Long Before They Are Born

Do you believe in destiny? There are many variations of this story circulating throughout the world's cultures, but the story of the red string is one particularly touching legend that appeals to lovers from every walk of life.

The Red String of Fate, or the Red String of Marriage is a belief that got it's start in ancient Chinese legend.

As the myth goes, the Chinese god of marraiges Yuè Lao ties a red string around the ankles of those who are destined to meet one another.

In Japanese culture, the string is believed to be tied around the little finger.


Nothing can prevent the two destined souls from meeting. Regardless of place, time or circumstances, they will be brought together. The magical cord can stretch and tangle, but it will never break.

One beautiful example of the folklore goes like this:

A young boy was walking home one night when he sees an old man bathed in moonlight. The man calls the boy over and tells him that he has attached the boy to his destined wife by a red thread.

The young boy doesn't know it, but the old man he was speaking to is Yuè Lao, the matchmaker god.

The god points to a young girl accross the road who is destined to be his wife. Uninterested in having a wife, the young boy picks up a rock and throws it, hitting the little girl.

Years go by and the young boy becomes a man. On his wedding night, his wife waits for him in their bedroom, with a veil covering her face. When he lifts the veil, he notices that she is wearing an adornment above her eyebrow.

He asks her why she hids herself and she answers:

"When I was a young girl, a boy threw a rock at me. The cut it made left a scar, so I wear this adornment to cover it."

The man stared in stunned silence, she was the same young girl connected to him by the Red String of Fate all those years ago.

Do you believe it?

[h/t Wikipedia.org]