With today’s modern homebuilding, technology, and pest control, it’s hard to imagine cats as the protector they once were to people in ancient times. But they were, and for good reason.
Before humanity had the technology and innovation we have today, like plastic containers to protect our food and solid walls and seals to keep poisonous creatures out, we relied on animals like the cat to protect our homes and ourselves.
Though it might be too presumptuous to say that Egyptians worshipped cats per se, there are no doubt many strong ties to cats in Ancient Egyptian culture. Cats were truly a loved and revealed creature, as artifacts from the times tell us today.
Egyptian Cat Creation Story
Ancient Egyptian legend says that the sun god, Re, was once very angry with humanity. Re sent his lion-headed daughter, Sakhmet, to the earth to rage against humanity for its crimes against him. However, he quickly realized that this was a mistake, and Sakhmet was getting out of control.
To slow her down, he provided her with red-colored beer to substitute for the blood she craved. After she drank this beer, she fell into a deep sleep, while also becoming a small house cat.
Feline Special Treatment
Because of this high regard for felines, Egyptians were known to treat their house cats as well as they treated the children in the family. It was not unusual to see cats adorned with jewelry or being fed like kings and queens.
Cats are an important part of Egyptian history, therefore an important part of the history of humankind. They protected people from rats and mice that contaminated food supplies, scorpions and snakes that killed vital members of families. We have a lot to thank cats for, and it’s fascinating to see how the Egyptians did that in their own way.
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