Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Myths, symbols & folklore
Cat: "It is an ambivalent symbolic animal. In Japan, seeing a cat is a bad omen. In the Cabala and in Buddhism, the cat is closely associated with the symbolism of the serpent. In Egypt, the domestic, agile, and useful cat was honored as a sacred animal of the goddess Bastet, the protectress of home, mothers, and children. In the Middle Ages cats were thought to be witches' animals, and black cats were seen as signs of the devil; according to superstition, the black cat brings misfortune. The cat is the fourth sign of the Chinese zodiac, corresponding to Cancer." (Herder)

1 comment:

  1. i didn't know cats corresponded with Cancer! makes even more sense why i love kitties so much. :-)