Cats have walked among us and lived around us for a millennium.
The Cat has been part of legend and Myth in the Egyptian Culture for centuries. It was death to kill a cat in such a culture of cat reverence,for they were regarded as being the living examples of Bastet. If the Cat of the household died, it was customary for the householder to shave off his eyebrows and to mummify the Cat's body with the same care and respect as if would be shown to a human body - in mummify.
In ancient Thailand, the Cats had divine duties when it came to the Siamese Cats.
These Siamese Cats were traditional known to guard the sacred temples and palaces of Thailand.
In Eastern China, The Cat is seen as a shape-shifter. It is understood to be under a curse for not having when Buddha died.
In Japan, The Cat together with the fox and the badger, is also associated with shape-shifting [like that of the Eastern China Cat].but these cats have trickery and the power to subdue ghosts and vampires too. In legend it is said that the Japanese sailors would keep a cat aboard their ship, to protect them from the sea monsters and ghosts.
There are many other stories and legends of the cat with the Japanese people, but I wanted to cover as many cultures as I could.
How among the Zoroastrians who believe that dogs are the animal that belongs to Ormuzd, defender of all that is Good! While the Cats! Are the animals which are beloved by Ahriman, who is the prosecutor
Of all that is Evil!
In Persian tradition, nearly all the false Gods are depicted with a cat head.
In Muslim belief, Its the Dog! That is outcast and cursed and the Cat
is respected for its received a blessing from the prophet Mohammed.
In Scandinavian tradition - the Cats would pull the chariot of the Norse goddess Freya.
In Celtic Tradition, the Cat often shows its troubling and punitive nature.
In American Indian Myth -
The younger brother of a Coyote is Wild Cat who is the patron of
stealth and scouting, but the tiger Cat/Cat Mountain is a symbol of
fierceness and ingratitude.
In Peru Myth-
The Cat is named Ccoa and is the spirit of the storms - hail and rains come from the eyes and ears of the Ccoa huge head of the Ccoa Cat head.
In South America /Chile -Is where a Cat monster lives in legend called the Guirivuiu. It has a tail that ends with a huge claw. It lives in the depths of deep pools in which they use to drag their pray with their huge claw into the deep water.
These are just a few of the Myth's, legends and traditions of the Cat.
I am sure they are more, but these were the ones that I could find. I
hope you Enjoy the post. I am so thankful for all of you friends and Readers as the Year has come to an End! It was a year ago I STARTED THIS BLOG. I wasn't sure what would happen with this blog and where it would take me. It has been a journey for me. And i feel the journey is just getting really started now! I love you all my dear friends and Readers.. I HOPE TO SEE YOU ALL NEXT YEAR TOO. much love, peace and good well.
your Wendy with love