The Cat Came Back: A More Than Magical History – Part II

The Cat Came Back: A More Than Magical History – Part II

Cats have been on the human scene for 9,000 years.  We came out of the caves, and they were there with us.  Ever since, cats have been immortalized in art. They have been painted in fresco, sculpted in stone, carved in wood, cast in silver, and plated in gold and warped in words.

One might ask, why do cats have such grand cultural coverage?  After all, we’re talking about a small, unobtrusive animal with four legs and a slender tail. 

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The Dark Side

With all of these reverential, cultural thoughts about cats, one must also acknowledge the dark side of their mythology. As creatures of duality —from the very first wink of human cat-fascination— there has been this not-so-cute, noir-side of cats.

Saint Patrick, as we know, banned the cat from Ireland but he was not the first to do this. During the Inquisition cats were anything but popular.  They were burned along with their familiars, witches.  The poor animal and the hapless Wiccan went the way of fire. 

"The Love Potion" by Evelyn De Morgan: a witch with a black cat familiar at her feet.

“The Love Potion” by Evelyn De Morgan: a witch with a black cat familiar at her feet. (Public Domain)

So what did cat fanciers do during the next three hundred years?  They re-created the cat, using their overactive imagination.

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The Cat Came Back: A More Than Mythical History – Part I

The Cat Came Back: A More Than Mythical History – Part I

Cats have been on the human scene for 9,000 years.  We came out of the caves, and they were there with us.  Ever since, cats have been immortalized in art. They have been painted in fresco, sculpted in stone, carved in wood, cast in silver, and plated in gold and warped in words.

Felines have been mummified, petrified, and in modern times, transmogrified into cells of film, newsprint, and popular literature.  Cats have been morphed into stuffed toys and have strutted the world’s stage mewing of their magnificence.  Our love of all things feline seems to have grown over the centuries; so much so that we’ve given cats innumerable names— Katt, Kit, Mau, Maow, Pusa, Pascht, Puss, just to name a few. 

Cat's Head, 30 BC to third century AD. Bronze, gold.

Cat’s Head, 30 BC to third century AD. Bronze, gold. (Brooklyn Museum/Public Domain)

One might ask, why do cats have such grand cultural coverage?  After all, we’re talking about a small, unobtrusive animal with four legs and a slender tail. A little pet who got aboard the Ark by being an itch in a lion’s nose…but that’s another story.

Feline Mythology Around the World

Basically, it just doesn’t seem possible that so much mythos could be packed into so modest an animal.  Yet such is the large truth of the small, domestic cat.  Its mythology has increased its natural size to unnatural proportions.  Let’s find out why.

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Was Bolivia-Peru the Sunset Land of the Sumerians?

Was Bolivia-Peru the Sunset Land of the Sumerians?

In an article on the Fuente Magna Bowl, April Holloway highlighted the evidence of  Sumerian writing in South America. The Fuente Magna Bowl and Pokotia monument indicate that Sumerians may have formerly lived in South America.

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Very strong and deep M6.9 earthquake hits between Fiji and Tonga

A very strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.9 hit between Fiji and Tonga at 21:28 UTC on September 24, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 596.3 km (370.5 miles). The quake was preceded by M6.4 at 21:07 UTC at a depth of 183.4 km (114…… Read more »

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The Valley of the Kings and the Hopi: Constellations Send Ancient Messages

The Valley of the Kings and the Hopi: Constellations Send Ancient Messages

The thread of the constellations was very important to the builders of the pyramid complex. They went to great lengths to create them; carve them into solid stone and place them in the roof of the zodiac ceiling of Dendera, in the hope that we would understand their meaning today.

Zodiac ceiling in the Temple of Dendera.

Zodiac ceiling in the Temple of Dendera. (Courtesy author)

In Peter Tompkins, Secrets of the Great Pyramid, Chapter XII, he explains how the Grand Gallery might have been used to chart the constellations when the Great Pyramid was first built and the gallery was open to the night sky.

Denderah zodiac with original colors (reconstructed) [left], and with 48 constellations of Claudius Ptolemaus identified among the present 72 constellations on this Zodiac

Denderah zodiac with original colors (reconstructed) [left], and with 48 constellations of Claudius Ptolemaus identified among the present 72 constellations on this Zodiac [right].

The slot that is deep inside the pyramid today, needed to be on a true meridian and on a platform of solid earth to measure the precise moment when stars, sun, planets and the moon transited this meridian in their apparent rotation through the heavens.

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Relive the goodness that was Hurricane Hermine in New York and New Jersey

Hurricane Hermine brought a lot of fun surf to the East Coast for a few days, which is quite irregular for a hurricane swell in the Atlantic. After an extremely flat summer, this was a much needed swell. RELATED: From Hawaii to NYC, hurricane swell lights up the coast over the weekend While the Outer

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Warren Miller gets behind the camera again for his 67th ski film ‘Here, There & Everywhere’

The legendary snow sports filmmaker Warren Miller is set to release his 67th annual film later this fall. “Here, There & Everywhere” will be the first time Miller is back behind the camera for one of his films in 67 years — which is a pretty big deal. Narrated by Jonny Mosley and partly by

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OCTOBER SURPRISE Comes Early: Clinton and Obama Revealed As Co-Conspirators, Irrefutable FBI Evidence Proves Cover-up Of Classified Info Exchanges

Obama had a special email handle by which classified info was sent to Clinton’s personal email, Obama knew about Clinton’s unsecured home server State of the Nation 2016’s October Surprise just came early! FBI Docs: Obama Used Pseudonym To Email … Continue reading

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Strong M6.3 earthquake hits near the coast of Mindanao, Philippines

A strong earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.3 hit near the coast of Mindanao, Philippines at 22:53 UTC on September 23, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 65 km (40.4 miles). EMSC registered M6.4 at a depth of 52 km (32.3 miles). PHIVOLCS is reporting…… Read more »

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