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 life of a cat in the middle ages c 476 1500 ce differed significantly from that of a dog owing primarily to its association with witchcraft darkness and the devil in the ancient world the cat was regarded highly by cultures as diverse as china egypt and rome but by the 13th century ce . Cat in ancient egypt jaromir malek on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers true aristocrat of domestic animals the cat has a distinguished ancestry most modern cats are thought to be descended from eh cats of ancient egypt. 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. Welcome to the temple of bastet the ancient egyptians held cats in the highest esteem the penalties for injuring or killing a cat were severe they worshipped a cat goddess often represented as half feline half woman whom they called bastet the main center for the worship of bastet was in northern egypt at the city of bubastis
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