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Egypt not always the uniform state. Initially it was divided by noma — certain areas, in each of which there was the cult of worship of animals. Egyptians believed that gods are not just spirits, and the beings capable to accept shape of animals. A considerable part of deities was associated with cats and their fellows in the ancient state. To understand why Egyptians idolized cats, it is necessary to get acquainted with history and the culture of these people.
According to the most ancient hieroglyphs with the image of cats relating to the fifth and sixth dynasty of Pharaohs, for the first time cats appeared in Egypt between 2300 and 2000 B.C.
At that time grain was the main product. While barns were filled, the country could not be afraid of hunger. But the real trouble were rodents. Only cats could cope with them. Krom of mice they destroyed :
The ability to hunt and to protect was one of the reasons of huge respect for these fluffy animals, and ability to move silently and cat's eyes which glowed in the dark, caused awe and horror. Such properties were considered as magic and were attributed to gods .
Egyptians admired these graceful and beautiful animals.secret mystical knowledge of the world of the dead and protection against evil spirits were
But the most important properties with which they were allocated. So gradually cats turned from ordinary animals into deities.
Presented to cats gifts and did everything possible to provide them the better life. Here some eccentricities which were considered then as the law:
Here with such adoration and respect then concerned our ordinary pets.
Some deities of Ancient Egypt are represented in the form of cats. For example, god Ra is presented in shape of a red cat, the plunging dragon, and the goddess Bastet appears at us in an image of the woman with a cat's face. She was considered as the sovereign of female beauty and fertility. Bastet's cult existed up to the imperial decree, forbidding to worship cats , published in 390 our era.
the interest of residents of Egypt in the former deities gradually died away Subsequently. But nevertheless the love and the special attitude towards these wonderful animals remained both with Egyptians, and with the people living in other countries.