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Amulets of cats and litters of kittens were popular New Year gifts, and the name of Bastet was often inscribed on small ceremonial `New Year flasks', probably to evoke the goddess as a bestower of fertility and because Bastet, like other lioness goddesses, was viewed as a protective deity able to counter the darker forces associated with the `Demon Days' at the end of the Egyptian year.
Wilkinson, Richard H. The complete gods and goddesses of ancient Egypt. Thames & Hudson, 2003.
originally posted by: seentoomuch
a reply to: Byrd
I wonder if the myths about cats may be related for all they do for us? Linked in some way?
Honoring our heroes is important and cats deserve a place and our thanks for the quality of our lives. Lately our neighborhood has been over run with rattlesnakes due to the construction ongoing around us. Tygger, my half feral cat, in the last two years of this has taken it as some sort of calling.
There are no snakes on our street due to her diligence in taking out all the mice and rats that the construction has driven onto our street that attracts rattlesnakes for a food source. Tygger doesn't bring them inside, thank God, but instead beheads them on the front porch. Here's the weird part, she lays them in front of the St Francis statue on the porch, kinda creepy.
All the other streets are having problems with the snakes, dogs are bitten, kids are threatened, etc, not our street. The neighbors have seen her in action and now treat her very well and watch for her. We should all consider declaring a special day for all they do for us as they did way back when.
originally posted by: Raxoxane
a reply to: Byrd
Oh what a delightful thread Matter of fact i Do have some homemade Mexican style painted papier mache cats to give away on NY