Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Beware of #Irish #Cats

Cute Cat with Beautiful Green Eyes by epSos
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January 22

Answer Your Cat's Question Day

Are you a cat owner? Ever have your cat just stare at you as if it expects you to answer every demand he or she wants? Cats can be elusive, independent, temperamental, mysterious, loving animals. Humans have enjoyed sharing their living space with these beloved creatures since antiquity.  Cat myths and legends can be found throughout the world, especially in Ancient Ireland. 

"God Save All Here, Except The Cat."
 Cats in ancient Ireland never enjoyed a positive reputation. According to the Ancient Irish cats were men and women who had been demonically transformed into the feline creature. Because of the evil that dwelt within the creature, the Irish considered the cat to be a source of spiritual dread. Also, the devil would often visit the earth in the form of a cat. To protect themselves from evil, the ancient Irish created several superstitions. 

One ancient superstition states that if you are on a journey and come across a cat in the road that meets you full face then you must make the sign of the cross and turn back. If you don't you will face the witch or devil that stands in your path. 

 The ancient Irish often times associated black cats with witches because the black cat had more powers than any other feline. They believed black cats could reason, understand conversations and speak if they felt the need to interact with a human. Here is one Irish story about a talking cat that I found at http://www.sacred-texts.com/neu/celt/ali/ali085.htm.  

A cat once lived in a farmer's family for many years, and understood both Irish and English perfectly. Then the family grew afraid of it, for they said it would certainly talk some day. So the farmer put it into a bag, determined to get rid of it on the mountains. But on the way he met a pack of hounds, and the dogs smelt at the bag and dragged it open, on which the cat jumped out; but the hounds were on it in a moment, and tore the poor animal to pieces. However, before her death she had the to say to the farmer in very good Irish--"It is well for you that I must die today, for had I lived I meant to have killed you this very night." These were the last dying words of the cat uttered in her death agonies, before the face of many credible witnesses, so there can be no doubt on the matter.

King of the Cats
The chief monarch of all cats in Ireland was the Druid Cat. The Irish described him as "a slender black cat, wearing a chain of silver" He possessed the ability to speak and enjoyed many privileges. Stories of the great cat was told throughout Ireland. You can read his story at http://www.sacred-texts.com/neu/celt/ali/ali086.htm and http://www.libraryireland.com/AncientLegendsSuperstitions/King-Cats.php






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