Cats in ancient egypt were represented in social and religious practices of ancient egypt for more than 30 centuries several ancient egyptian deities were depicted and sculptured with cat like heads such as mafdet bastet and sekhmet representing justice fertility and power. The cat in ancient egypt jaromir malek on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers cat fanciers who consider their pets majestic have history on their side felines were domesticated in ancient egypt around 2000 bc while their european cousins still ran wild over the centuries they gained an exalted position in royal society revered as an incarnation of a goddess. Cats as sacred animals the progress of the cat in egyptian religion was quite remarkable and in many respects unusual writes jaromir malek author of the cat in ancient egypt unlike some other animals the cat was not primarily associated with an important local deity at the beginning of egyptian time. Ancient egyptian cats had a sacred status in because of the religious beliefs of egyptian society middle eastern species of cats were domesticated in egypt about 10000 years ago and while various other animals were also considered sacred cats had a special status among those animals. Cats rule in ancient egypt bastet was a goddess who could become a cat ancient egyptians worshipped many animals for thousands of years animals were revered for different reasons dogs were valued for their ability to protect and hunt but cats were thought to be the most special egyptians believed cats were magical creatures capable of
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