The equivalent of the Eye of Providence on the American dollar bill has been discovered by Chinese netizens on the RMB100 bank note (worth approximately US$16). Right next to the picture of Mao, the Great Helmsman, there appears to be cartoonish renditions of three cats, two prostrating before the “leader cat” in the center, with its arms raised and eyes glazed. Really, how could anyone have missed these “Worshiping Cats” (朝拜猫) all this time? Netizens have also noted that “cat” is pronounced “mao” in Mandarin. Interesting.
Aspiring Dan Browns, pick up your pens.