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Why was the cat domesticated? — 4 Comments

  1. Please correct the commonly spread misinformation in your article from the verified and revised history below. The only way you’ll ever get a reader-base back is by starting to become honest and truthful. (By the way: posting old articles with a lot of replies as new articles, to look as if people are still commenting here is pretty silly, isn’t it? It only makes you look really really desperate.)

    Watch this video from the reputable PBS “NOVA” science series; pbs.org/wgbh/nova/ancient/animal-mummies.html

    It explains how and why all sorts of species of animals were mummified to act as prayer-note envelopes to send prayer pleas to the god or goddess of your choice. Species of animals from ibises, to crocodiles, to even full-grown bulls were mummified and their “spirit” was used to send a message to that animal’s kindred deity. The “soul” of the animal was supposed to carry your prayer-note directly to the lap of the deity represented by that species. It was big business for them, they sold mummified animals of any species to any visitor from any lands as a way of contacting their favorite deity. Like a fed-ex to send messages to your gods. Cats, of course, being the most prolific and easiest to breed for mummification were also the least effort and cost (compared to catching an ibis, crocodile, or the expensive and extensive effort to mummify a full-grown bull; for example). The only value cats had to them were when cats were dead and mummified for a pre-addressed message envelope to contact their Bastet. This is why they found over 300,000 young mummified cats buried there. Bastet was the bargain-basement of gods, her popularity created by being the cheapest to talk to this way.

    Acting as protectors of grain-stores in The Fertile Crescent had nothing to do with why cats became popular back then. That explanation for cat popularity is nothing more than another false urban-legend today. Their popularity came from being the most inexpensive, easiest to breed for sacrificial purposes, and the easiest to mummify animal to be used as pre-addressed prayer envelopes.

    I often wonder if this isn’t what, in part, led to the Egyptian’s eventual downfall, what with all the diseases cats spread. Someone was at least smart and wise enough to make it a religious-custom to kill them at high rates. Cats’ Toxoplasma gondii brain-hijacking parasite might have even caused mental problems in their leaders and general population (as it does today; causing autism, schizophrenia, ADHD, IED – Intermittent Explosive Disorder (Middle-East 2000-year wars and terrorist attacks, anyone?), epilepsy, memory loss, debilitating depressions, prostate-cancer (a new finding), female-suicides (did this cause the fate of Cleopatra?), and brain tumors in humans — the “insane cat lady” isn’t just an urban legend, there’s real evidence to prove their mentally-compromised medical condition now).

    It is also interesting to note that people who want to worship cats today, claiming that’s what Egyptians did, aren’t doing it properly. They must kill them while young, mummify them, insert into the wrappings a papyrus prayer-note to the god of their choice (but only if that is their god’s totem-animal species, so it gets to the right address), then leave them at the altar of their nearest place of worship.

    • Pure BS as usual from the “Fact Police” More like the Fake News Creators. The article is about the why the wild cat was domesticated. This happened before the cat become popular in Ancient Egypt you idiot. My god you are a true bullshitter as usual and as you are in non-compliance with comment policy (insult) BBB. Ta-ta bullshitter.

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