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Feline divinity

Published: 2016.01.29 - 15:14:22   /  web@renciclopedia.icrt.cu  /  Adelante.cu
  

Feline divinityCats, accused of bringing bad luck if their hair is black, confused by disguised witches and rejected by some because of their arrogant attitude, have often been considered to be bearers of misfortune. However, in many cultures cats are companions of gods and inseparable allies of humans.

One of the earliest references to these animals is in the Bible when Noah embarked on the ark and facing a plague of mice that would decimate the boat, he requested a solution to God in his prayers, so a voice whispered in his ear to caress the lion's head three times. Once this action was completed, the king of the jungle sneezed and two cats came out of his nostrils to end the plague.

In ancient Egypt, cats were revered as manifestations of the goddess Bastet, who possessed a feline head and a human body, and was protector of the home and the joy of living. Legend has it that the Persians used cats as shields to conquer the city of Pelusium, Port Said today, knowing that the Egyptians preferred to surrender before hurting one of these animals.

It is told that Muhammad awoke one day to the sounds of the Adhan, the Muslim daily call to prayer. Preparing to attend, he began to dress himself; however, he soon discovered his cat Muezza sleeping on the sleeve of his prayer robe. Rather than wake her, he used a pair of scissors to cut the sleeve off, leaving the cat undisturbed.

Freyja, the Norse goddess known as the Goddess of cats, used to ride across the skies in a chariot pulled by two cats. The deity was considered to be the higher goddess, sovereign of life, death and light.

Although they are viewed in different ways depending on the culture, you cannot deny that they occupy an irreplaceable place in the mythology of each country, and cause a great impact on human society since its adoption as pets, but always keeping that mysterious and untamed atmosphere which inevitably attracts us.


By Daniela Hernández, a journalism student


Translated by Luis E. Amador Dominguez

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