miniature cages are made from various materials and today,
used as a way of bringing good luck into the home.
In ancient days, the cricket cage was used for
exactly what it sounds like – holding crickets.
The cages are handmade and feature a tiny door that
slides open and shut. On
the top of the cricket cage is a small hook or eyelet that
can be used to hang it for decoration.
Although cricket cages do come in various sizes, on
average, they measure about 3x4 inches.
When it comes to Chinese superstition, the
cricket plays a critical role. Throughout history, they have resembled intelligence and good
fact, if a person were to harm a cricket, it was believed
they would have great misfortune.
Even today, in parts of eastern Asian, the male
cricket will be caged so people can enjoy the song they
The Chinese culture is filled with
interesting and unique facts, with the cricket being one.
Children in China still love catching crickets and
placing them in cages.
No doubt, this will be a favorite pastime throughout
The cricket culture in China dates back
2000 years and encompasses singing insects and fighting
the Tang Dynasty from 500 BC to 618 AD, the crickets were
respected for their powerful ability to “sing”.
It was during this time that they started being
captured and kept in cages so their songs could be heard all
the time. In
the Song Dynasty from 960 to 1278 AD, a new sport was
developed called “cricket fighting”.
This sport became so popular that China
actually produced a Cricket Minister, Jia Shi-Dao who
reigned from 1213 to 1275.
However, he was accused of not managing his
responsibilities because he was obsessed with the
Then from 1427 to 1464, a Cricket Emperor, Ming
Xuan-Zhong ruled in favor of cricket fighting, making his
palace a major tribute to this insect. Literally thousands of crickets were sent to the capital
every year to discover their financial fate.
Amazingly, there are hundreds of documented stories
of people committing suicide because of a losing or injured
Eventually, even the Chinese farmers would
use the cricket to tell them when it was time to start
preparing the fields for the spring harvest.
This indicator of climate change is called Jing-Zhe,
which translates to “Walking of the Insects”.
Many famous Chinese songs were written,
keeping the sound of the cricket in mind.
For example, the autumn words Qiu, which are used in
songs, actually take on the shape of crickets that are
inscribed on bones or the shell of a tortoise.
Even well known collections of poems and proverbs
have been written that show reverence to the cricket.
Some of these include Shi Jing, Shi Zhong, Sha Ji,
and Cu Zhi.
combination of singing ability, strength and vitality, and
life cycles are what make this a creature of appreciation.
The fact that crickets lay hundreds of eggs lines up
perfectly with the Chinese belief that of all the
ingredients for life, the one most important for success is
to have as many children as possible.