Cat Tattoos Ashland KY
Cat Tattoo Designs - Independence, quick recovery and freedom of thought, that's the spirit of the domestic feline, of which there are an estimated 600 million worldwide. The cat's famed agility - almost always seeming to land its feet after falling from great heights - has earned it a reputation for having nine lives.
According to paleontologists, the cat appeared about 50 million years ago as a small and clever predatory carnivore with retractable claws. It has since filled the human heart with love, hate, devotion and fear, appearing in mythology and folklore as a symbol of good and bad luck. It has been revered as sacred, even as a god, and been despised as an agent of evil.
Nowhere was the cat more revered than in Ancient Egypt, where by 3000 BC it was a powerful animal totem. Representing the feminine principle, the cat was a symbol of fertility and motherhood, and was also associated with the Moon. The cat appeared in the Book of the Dead as defeater of the evil Apep. Many Egyptian deities were depicted as cats, sometimes fully animal, sometimes a human/feline half-breed. The lion-headed goddess, Sekmet, ruler over the fate of humanity, had a twin sister, the domestic cat called Mafdet. Statuettes of the small cat - often bedecked with gold jewelry and earrings - were placed inside tombs with their deceased owners. Cat mummies are reported to have been found in the city of Bubastis, home of a temple in honour of the cat diety, Bast.
So precious was the cat in Ancient Egypt, that exporting the animal was forbidden, and killing one punishable by death. While warring with Egypt, the Persians are said to have captured thousands of cats, agreeing to spare them only upon Egyptian surrender. The Egyptians surrendered. However, around 400 BC, cat worship was banned, and subsequently lost its religious significance.
In Thailand, the 'Siamese' cat was the sacred temple cat. In China and Japan it was a beloved pet as well as a valued dispenser of mice for the cultivators of the silkworm. In India, cats guarded the temples of Buddha.
Evidence suggests that the domestic cat evolved from the desert wildcat found in the Near East around 12,000 years ago. It found favour with the ancients due in part to its talent for hunting rodents. Rats and mice - the enemy of grain producing civilizations - were a destructive force to be reckoned with. Ancient peoples struck up a mutually beneficial relationship with the cat -- a good home in exchange for ridding the populace of disease carrying rodents. With its keen senses of sight, smell, hearing and touch, the cat became a hunting animal, used to retrieve birds from marshland in the same way that dogs have been deployed. Around 2000 BC, the cat entered the home as a companion, where it was accepted as a symbol of beauty and grace and even as a protector of the household.
In Europe, the domestic cat has had a mixed reception over the centuries. In its favour, the cat ha...