HISTORY OF THE CAT IN THE DARK AGES (PART 8)

The Cat in India: In India the cat, known in Sanskrit as Acoubouk† or Margara, was frequently mentioned in the original fables of Bidpay, also known as the Panchatantra (Hered, 1829, p.309).  The original of the Panchatantra, or the “Five Discourses”, is credited to a King who feared that his sons would not be able […]

HISTORY OF THE CAT IN PERSIA – THE DARK AGES (PART 7)

The History of the Cat in Persia: Before reaching the Far East, cats travelled through Persia and India via the Silk Routes where Persian Zoroastrians, in stark contrast to the Arab Muslims, considered the cat evil and treacherous.  During the Sassanian Empire (224-651), the cat in Zoroastrian mythology was said to have been created by […]

HISTORY OF THE CAT IN THE DARK AGES (PART 6)

History of the Cat in Islam:          Unlike Christianity in the Dark Ages, Islam took a much kinder view of the cat primarily due to the Prophet Mohammed’s (PBUH) (570-632AD) compassion for the enigmatic beast.  There are several stories of Mohammed interacting with cats.  The first is that his favorite cat, Muezza, fell asleep on […]

HISTORY OF THE CAT IN THE DARK AGES (PART 3)

Cats in Lindisfarne Gospel and Book of Kells   Even though, on the one hand, Christianity sought the total destruction of the old ways and temples during the Dark Ages, on the other, in their place, it began to erect a handful of churches and monasteries that blossomed into isolated centers of art, writing and […]

THE MINOAN CAT

MINOAN CAT HISTORY Although ancient Egyptians forbid the export of their beloved cats, determined smugglers stole the prized and worshipped animals to trade or sell.  In an effort to reclaim the kidnapped beasts, the ancient Egyptians dispatched whole armies to repatriate them, and in some cases emissaries were even given the duty to buy them […]