WHY are piggy banks commonly shaped as pigs?

In Western Europe, piggy banks are rooted in medieval England. Pottery in those days was made from clay, known as pygg, and its name was consonant with pig.

Piggy pots have also been found in Indonesia, but none of these could be connected with the English language! Not with English, but with the Indonesian language, yeah. After all, “piggy bank” is celengan and “boar” is celeng. Naturally, the same-rooted words were combined in one image of a piggy bank.

Yet the most beautiful is the version from China. According to it, the pig is a symbol of wealth and prosperity from the earliest times. Who else would you trust to save and accumulate money but a piggy bank in its shape?

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