by Sharon Haggag
Hello Michael ! Thank you for your kind comments!! As I mentioned in my story about Siwa we got her in Zagazig… Well Zagazig is the place where they mainly worshipped Bastet! The temple to Bastet is there and they are currently restoring the area. They are also building a visitor center so hopefully this will be eventually one of the sights people will come to see in Egypt!! It is a massive sight and they have found lots of statues etc there relating to the cat goddess.
The local people are still finding things today for example when digging foundations for the houses ploughing fields etc…
My husband said as a child they would play amongst the statues and often find small pieces! I guess that is what started him along the path of becoming an Egyptologist!
Zagazig itself is absolutely full to the brim with wild cats which I would guess descend from the cats of ancient times that were worshipped there.
Also there are hundreds of white cats with black spots that you don’t normally see anywhere else in Egypt. My boys and I call them Zagazig cats!!
As you said there are thousands if not millions of wild cats in Egypt in fact we have two that live in our garden or are we living in theirs??
Yet I have not seen a city as densely populated by cats as Zagazig which I guess stems back to its rich history !