Legend of the Sacred Cat of Burma - Shamandu Cattery
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Leyend of the Sacred Cat of Burma

The history of the Sacred Birman Cat is embedded in ancient mystery and legend  and has fascinated every cat lover throughout the years…


The legend that describes how the Birman got his amazing looks and unique markings says…

ONCE UPON A TIME...




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in a temple built on the sides of Mount Lugh, lived in prayer the very holy Kittah Mun-Ha, great Lama holy of holies, the one of which the God, Song Hio himself, had braided his golden beard. Not a minute, not a glance, not a thought of his life was not dedicated to the adoration, contemplation, and holy service of Tsun Kyan Kse, the Goddess with the sapphire eyes, the one who presided over the transmigration of the souls, the one who permits the Kittahs to live again in a holy animal for the duration of its animal existence, before taking again a haloed body with the full and holy perfection of the great priests. Near where he was meditating sat Sinh, his dear oracle, an all-white cat whose eyes were yellow, yellow from the reflection of the golden whiskers of his master and from the golden body of the Goddess with the heavenly eyes...

 

Now, one night, the malevolent moon had permitted the murdering Phoums who came from hated Siam, to draw near the sacred place.  The Grand Priest Mun-Ha gently entered death, having at his side his divine cat, and under his eyes the despair of all his overwhelmed Kittahs... It was then that the miracle came about - the only miracle of immediate transmigration: In a bound, Sinh was on the golden throne and sat on the head of his sagging master. He leaned on that aged head which, for the first time, was no longer looking at his Goddess. And as he sat stiffened before the eternal statue, one saw the bristly hair of his white spine become suddenly golden yellow. His golden eyes became blue, large and deep as the eyes of the Goddess. As he was gently turning his head to the south door, his four paws which were touching the old skull became a dazzling white, up to the place that the silk of the holy garments were covering. And as his eyes were turning from he south door, the Kittahs obeying this commanding look, which was full of serenity and light, hurried in the first breeze to close the heavy bronze doors.

 

The temple was saved from desecration and pillage.  Sinh, however, had not left the throne and on the seventh day, without having made a move, facing the Goddess, he died - mysterious and suddenly, carrying to Tsun Kyan Kse the soul of his master Mun-Ha.


And when seven days later the assembled priests consulted before the statue to decide on the succession on Mun-Ha, all the cats of the temple ran up, and all were dressed in gold with white gloves and deep sapphire eyes.  In complete silence they surrounded the youngest of the Kittahs so thus the reincarnated ancestors were designated by the will of the Goddess.

 

So we believe that a Birman will carry your soul into paradise but woe to he who brings about the end of one of these marvelous beasts, even if he did not mean to... he will suffer the most cruel torments until the soul he has upset is appeased


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