Conquering the word

From the book by Didier Hallépée “Egyptian Mau cat,” Carrefour’s net

The Egyptians considered their cats as a precious and sacred animal. This is why strict regulations prohibited the importation.
Some of them were very early used on ships exporting Egyptian wheat.
The Phoenicians were the first to illegally export the cat, around 900 BC. Thus, they introduced it in Galilee, Greece, Italy.
Gradually, the domestic cat and spread throughout Europe and the Middle East.
In Artashastra, Manual of Indian statecraft (third century BC), Kautilya explains how cats and mongooses to fight against the rats and snakes.
It is said that the first Pope Gregory (590-604), during a sermon, said, « Give your most expensive offering !». On hearing a monk when a cat came out of his sleeve to give it. The pope smiled and went to turn a cat of his own race.
It is also said that the Prophet Muhammad (570-632) was rescued from a snake bite by a cat. He always wore her pussy Muesser in the sleeve of his coat. Called one day for prayer, he had qualms about disturbing Muesser in his sleep. Then he cut off the sleeve to go to prayer.
The arrival of the cat in England is evidenced from the tenth century but was rare at that time.
To the tenth century, Antwerp was burned because of a cat. A traveler had made stops in Antwerp, accompanied by his cat. The people who had never seen a cat were not conquered his ability to catch rats and mice, and therefore begged the traveler to give them (for gold). Shortly after the traveler’s departure, they ran after him to ask him what was eating the cat. « What it takes, stupid people » he replied. The Antwerp understood « what it takes, animals and people ». They decided to get rid of. Facing the mob fury, the cat took refuge on the roof of a house. The crowd set fire to the house to kill this dangerous animal. Our cat escaped the fire by jumping on the roof of the house next door. Gradually, much of the city of Antwerp was no fire and the cat can not be slain. Thus the city of Antwerp was burned because of a cat.
Early on, the cat was associated with witchcraft. According to legend, the goddess of darkness named Diane loved Lucifer who owned a cat. They had a daughter they sent to earth accompanied by the cat Lucifer to teach magic to men. The fifth century to the seventeenth century, the cat was considered by the church as pet witches, and as regularly burned. Thus it is scarce throughout the Middle Ages.
It is between the thirteenth century and the sixteenth century that the fight against the pagan cults and against cats was most intense. Lucifer is supposed to be embodied in a black cat, the mere possession of a black cat was often evidence of witchcraft and burned at the stake was worth for the master and his cat. This is where it is said that black cats bring bad luck. In contrast, the white cat symbolized purity. In 1233, Pope Gregory IX threw the curse of black cats and their owners. The animal could be pardoned if he wore around his neck a white spot called the « finger of God » or « mark of the angel. »
The witches were reputed provide up to nine times incarnated in the body of their cat. Hence the belief that the cat has nine lives.
When the great epidemics of plague decimated the population, the usefulness of the cat was again recognized. A papal edict allowed the convents of nuns to have a chat during the plague epidemics.
The arrival of the Turkish Angora ended this ostracism in the eighteenth century. The enthusiasm of the European nobility for this cat was very large: an Angora cat was regarded as a royal gift. So, the common cat was again in favor as a companion of the home and predatory rodents.
This is the nineteenth century that finally began the recognition of races, the arrival of the races from the East, farming, breeding and cat shows.
The cat accompanied the sailors during their travels around the world and populated the new colonies along the man. On Clipperton Island, they proliferated as they nearly destroy local wildlife and had to be exterminated.
The cats followed the Europeans in their work of colonization. This is how our house cats returned to enrich the gene pool of cats in Egypt and mix with the direct descendants of the cats of Pharaoh.

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