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The Cat in Legend and Folklore


From ancient Egypt, the Middle East, Europe, and throughout both Christian and Muslim worlds, spanning the millennia of history, the cat has been an object of poetry, folklore, and myth.  Perhaps because of their inscrutability and haunting eyes, humans have been inspired to weave tales and legends about these small but magnificent creatures.  What are some of these tales, and what do they tell us about human nature?

In this session of Feline-Human Relations 101, we will deviate from our normal format of lecture and discussion.  Instead, each participant is asked to bring from the historical archives a favorite tale or legend to share with our class.  Fables, poetry, and (very) short stories to recite will be the order of the day, as together we explore the rich tapestry of historical opinion of cats down through the ages.  How did these come to be; and what can each of them tell us about the needs, fears, creativity and attitudes of the basic human psyche?

During the second hour in accordance with our meeting format, time will be available to address any questions or situations related to cats that individuals are experiencing and have brought to this group for advice and, where possible, resolution.


PLEASE NOTE: Much of the information presented in Feline-Human Relations 101 is widely accepted and practiced throughout the feline rescue community.  Other recommendations are derived from the experience and knowledge of the instructor.  However, in neither case are guarantees stated or implied that these methods will work 100% of the time.


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  • Linda H.

    I'm sorry to have missed this. I even did research on black cats in literature, folklore and superstition. I thought it was the next week because of the Federal holiday Monday. I'm way too dependent on email notifications, but I can't check email on Saturdays. Well, I won't miss the next one.

    October 11, 2012

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    A former member

    How sad I am to have missed this event! It would have been so interesting to attend.
    Note to self: Check your email more carefully! :)
    Hope to join you all on the next event!

    October 8, 2012

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