|New Civilization News: Eulogy.. to a cat|
Category: Death & Dying
6 comments28 Nov 2005 @ 13:01 by jmarc : Sorry about your cat
that's tough. We lost ours this summer, and it was a tough thing to experience. Cooincidentally, his name was Joe. Is this a new fad, naming ourselves after our cats? He did such a good job ridding the new place of meeces that the new girl has had to content herself with chasing a laser dot.
28 Nov 2005 @ 17:56 by skookum : well..
it is an old Chinook word and I liked it..
She was still living when I took the moniker.
thanks for your kind thoughts.
2 Jan 2006 @ 10:07 by namakando : eulogy.......
That is very touching indeed.I have always loved pets meself but have since stopped because i tend to get too emotionally attached that when they make the crosSing to the other side leaving me i get devastated emotionally.My pets name was "Ginger",a mongrel bitch whose memories of which live on inside of me.Here's something i found out for you on cats,which i expect you already know as i gather from your Eulogy to SKOOKUM.
THE CAT IN ANCIENT EGYPT
The domestic cat became highly regarded by Egyptian civilization as an animal of awe and wonder. Originating between five and six thousand years ago, domesticated cats came to be praised for their excellent mouse hunting abilities. The Egyptians found cats fascinating, even regarding them as godlike. Because cats were deeply respected, they were often mummified and even buried in great tombs with their owners. Finally, the Egyptian battle of Pelusium illustrates, better than any other example, the importance Egyptians placed on cats.
Indeed, so highly regarded were cats in Egyptian society that it was considered a high crime to kill a cat, punishable by death. Families owning cats took care that they received attention and respect.
Deep respect was given to cats even after they died. Whenever a household cat died, the entire family would go through a period of grief, shaving their eyebrows to mark their sadness. Deceased cats were very often mummified and entombed with fine jewelry and treasures; a custom usually reserved for only the most powerful and wealthy. Mummified rats and mice have even been found in cats' tombs, signaling the Egyptian belief in a cat afterlife.
3 Jan 2006 @ 07:06 by skookum : We are but poor
companions to our 'pets'. For they silently watch over us.
8 Jan 2006 @ 01:52 by nemue : Always with you
....remember that your beautiful cat whilst departed from this earth will always be there to watch over you. I am thinking of you at this sad time..
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