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Cairo Cats: Egypt's Enduring Legacy

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Far from being pampered house pets, the cats of Cairo are street-smart survivors who roam freely throughout the city. However, their ancestors in ancient Egypt were revered as gods and were so beloved that they were portrayed in statues and jewelry. In subsequent centuries, the tradition of adoring cats continued and today, as Lorraine Chittock's captivating photographs ...more
Paperback, 93 pages
Published March 1st 2006 by Camel Caravan Press
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Mar 04, 2011 Peacegal rated it liked it
When sorrows press my heart I say:
Maybe they’ll disappear one day:
When books will be my friends at night,
My darling then: the candle light,
My sweetest friend: a kitten white!
-Damiri, Egyptian theologian & zoologist

While their godlike role in ancient Egypt is well-known, in modern times cats still rule the streets of Cairo. Most of these cats appear to be “community cats”, i.e., strays who are fed and looked after by several different residents.
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Great photos of cats in Cairo.
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