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By Kay Rogers

ISBN-10: 1861892926

ISBN-13: 9781861892928

According to historic Egyptian lore, the goddess Bast, who secure her worshippers from illness and difficult good fortune, had the determine of a lady and the top of a cat. Egyptians enjoyed their tom cat partners, together with them in family members photos, mummifying them along their proprietors, and growing beautiful works of sculpture round their sleek forms.  4 thousand years later, the cat maintains to attraction us. Katharine M. Rogers lines our dating with this curious creature in Cat, an interesting examine essentially the most renowned pets on this planet. From the family cat’s emergence in old Egypt to its huge, immense recognition in the modern usa, Rogers uncovers the feline’s cultural historical past in all its a number of varieties: rat-catcher, witch’s popular, or even the inscrutable creature that encouraged Lewis Carroll and Edgar Allan Poe. As Rogers demonstrates, our fascination with cats lies of their uncanny skill to embrace as regards to any character—from candy to ferocious, affectionate to self sustaining, eerie to elegant.  Cat will be relished by way of an individual who appreciates those adorable partners and their remarkable skill to convey pleasure to our lives.

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Then he jumped up and started to devour the fish, growling at the woman when she approached. She tried to drive him off with a blow that should have broken his back, but he only grinned at her and went on tearing at the fish. 3 Cats were more often accused of allying themselves with human agents of Satan, providing alternative forms for witches and assisting them as familiars. However, although animals were prominent in witchcraft superstitions because of their importance in pagan worship, the animals involved were not necessarily cats.

11 Edward Topsell elaborated on Paré’s list in his History of FourFooted Beasts and Serpents and Insects (1607), which purported to 60 A cat from Edward Topsell’s History of FourFooted Beasts (1607). be a natural history. People who sleep with cats fall into consumption because a cat’s breath destroys the lungs. Its flesh is poisonous, its ‘venomous teeth’ inflict a deadly bite, and swallowing its hair unawares causes suffocation. Like Paré, he blames cats for the ailurophobes’ reaction to them: cats can ‘poison a man with very looking upon him’, since some men have a natural abhorrence of cats that causes them to ‘fall into passions, frettings, sweating, pulling off their hats, and trembling fearfully’.

Like the cats in Renaissance Holy Family pictures, it is trying to catch a bird, symbolic of the soul, but is frustrated by divine grace. C. S. Lewis drew on this traditional symbolism in The Last Battle (the last chronicle of Narnia, 1956), where the cold irreverent tomcat Ginger leads in the scheme to overthrow the divine order, incarnated in the noble lion Aslan. In secular works, cats are also typically associated with food, which they are usually stealing. Guiseppe Recco’s Cat Stealing Fish looks up with a defiant snarl when it is disturbed raiding a pile of fish.

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