Wednesday, February 8, 2012

I HEART MY SIAMESE


Written records reveal that Siamese cats, in their country of origin, were venerated as guardians of the temples. When a person of high rank died, it was usual to select one of these cats to receive the dead person's soul. The cat was then removed from the royal household and sent to one of the temples to spend the rest of its days living a ceremonial life of great luxury, with monks and priests as its servants. These cats were reputed to eat the finest foods from gold plate and to recline on cushions made of the most opulent materials, which had been provided by the departed one's relatives in an attempt to receive good fortune and blessings. Once they became temple cats, they were supposed to have special powers and could intercede for the soul of the dead person.

Years ago features such as crossed eyes and kinked tail were looked on as characteristics of the breed and many legends exist as to their origin. It was said that a Princess of the Royal House of Siam used her cat's tail as a ring-stand while she was bathing. The kink in the tail prevented the rings from falling off and being lost. Another legend accounts for both the cross-eyed feature as well as the development of the kink. Once, when all the men of Siam left their homes to defend their kingdom, just two cats - one male Siamese, Tien, and one female Siamese, Chula - remained in order to guard Buddha's golden goblet in the sacred temple. 


The male cat became pretty restless and, after mating the female Siamese, left her in order to find another priest to look after the temple. The female, apparently, was so overwhelmed by the responsibility of guarding the Buddha's treasure that she never once glanced away from the goblet, wrapping her long tail around its stem to prevent theft in case she should fall asleep. As time passed waiting for Tien to return with a new master, she could no longer forstall the birth of her kittens, who all arrived with the physical characteristics that she herself had acquired during her period as watch-guard - a kinked tail and crossed eyes. Just occasionally, even today, kittens are born with these features - so the legends are kept alive. Source

"People who belong to Siamese cats must make up their minds to do a good deal of waiting upon them."

- Compton Mackenzie

4 comments:

  1. Adorable cats - and I love your green wall...

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  2. Thanks Zella! I adore them like I adore munchkins... My husband always laughs at us three saying "there goes the cat gang", because they always follow me around where ever I go in the house (we live in 3 floors). I love that splash of color we got in our living/dining/kitchen area. Although we'll be moving out again in the summer... So that happiness was short lived. And we have no idea where we are going! Makes life exciting. :) Have a happy Wednesday!

    Kat

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  3. Wau, mahtavan näköisiä otuksia sulla! <3

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  4. Kiitos Haihattelija! Aidin pienet rakkauslapset. :)

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