Cats were considered sacred in ancient Egyptian society.
- As cats were sacred to Bastet, the practice of mummification was extended to them;
- In the event of a fire, men would guard the fire to make certain that no cats ran into the flame;
- When a cat died, the household would go into mourning as if for a human relative, and would often shave their eyebrows to signify their loss;
- Killing a cat, even accidentally, incurred the death penalty;
- All cats (even wild ones)were known as “miu” (or “miut”) often translated as “he or she who mews”;
- Little girls were often named “Miut” (literally meaning “female cat”) displaying the Egyptians fondness for both cats and children.
What’s your thought on this?
I’m a cat lover, but not a crazy cat lover…I guess o.o I’ve had cats running around all my life and suddenly I realized I can’t live without them and that I find them fascinating animals all of them unique and worth looking at for hours! I love study them and learn about them ❤