Cats in ancient egypt were represented in social and religious practices of ancient egypt for more than 30 centuries several ancient egyptian deities were depicted and sculptured with cat like heads such as mafdet bastet and sekhmet representing justice fertility and power. Welcome to the temple of bastet the ancient egyptians held cats in the highest esteem the penalties for injuring or killing a cat were severe they worshipped a cat goddess often represented as half feline half woman whom they called bastet. Today cats can be seen throughout egypt wandering in bazaars or asleep in shaded courtyards evidence of an enduring relationship with humans that this book warmly captures the cat in ancient egypt is an informative and entertaining work that will delight cat lovers and history buffs alike. Cats as sacred animals the progress of the cat in egyptian religion was quite remarkable and in many respects unusual writes jaromir malek author of the cat in ancient egypt unlike some other animals the cat was not primarily associated with an important local deity at the beginning of egyptian time. Ancient egyptian cats had a sacred status in because of the religious beliefs of egyptian society middle eastern species of cats were domesticated in egypt about 10000 years ago and while various other animals were also considered sacred cats had a special status among those animals
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