When Cats Reigned Like Kings: On the Trail of the Sacred Cats

When Cats Reigned Like Kings: On the Trail of the Sacred Cats by Georgie Anne Geyer 0740746979 9780740746970
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Chasing an irresistible mystery across the globe, journalist Georgie Anne Geyer conducted exhaustive research into the little-known puzzle of how cats came to occupy their unique position in the lives of humans. Treated with the tenacity, resourcefulness, and narrative instinct of a seasoned foreign correspondent, the investigation yielded unexpected answers-and posed tantalizing new questions. The result is a remarkable book, bound to delight and amaze cat- fanciers and adventure- seekers. It was Geyers curiosity about her own cats that inspired her to study the history of human-feline relations and especially cats exalted status among the ancients as royal or sacred beings. Her quest spanned the earth. In Egypt, Geyer learned of the cat-goddess Bastet and of the cats role in the transmigration of souls. In Myanmar she saw Leonardo DiCaprio, Ricky Martin, and the other incongruously named cats of the Nga Phe Kyaung monastery, trained by the monks to jump through hoops. She even met a family who dutifully guards the heritage of the Japanese bobtail, cultivating the line in-of all places-rural Virginia. Richly illustrated with photos of Geyers journeys and historical cat images, When Cats Reigned Like Kings also presents a Family of Cat section that describes the origins and characteristics of the 38-40 recognized modern cat breeds, including photos of each.

Author: Georgie Anne Geyer

Language: English

Binding: Hardcover

Pages: 272

Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing

Publication Date: 2004-10-01


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