On the left is a bronze statue
of Bastet (over 2,500 years old, kept in the state museum of Berlin, Germany),
the Egyptian goddess of the ripening crop. Ancient Egyptians were very
big on cats (see Cat Lovers page). Bastet
was displayed either as a cat or as a human with a cat head. Egyptians
were the number one cat lovers of all time and they're never going to be
overcome: they actually worshipped cats! Yuri, a member of my supporting
staff, still keeps up the Egyptian traditions. He even made a small clay
version of Bastet, shown here on the right. Of course the skill of the
Ancient Egyptians is far better than that of a modern boy, but that's okay:
standards are falling everywhere.
Below are frescoes of cats from
tombs, showing how much cats were respected in Egypt.
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