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When Cats Reigned Like Kings On the Trail of the Sacred Cats

Y Martin and the other incongruously named cats of the Nga Phe Kyaung monastery trained by the monks to jump through hoops She even met a family who dutifully guards the heritage of the Japanese bobtail cultivating the line in of all places rural VirginiaRichly illustrated with photos of Geyer's journeys and historical cat images When Cats Reigned Like Kings also presents a Family of Cat section that describes the origins and characteristics of the 38 40 recognized modern cat breeds including photos of ea Georgie Anne Geyer a foreign correspondent with vast knowledge of world affairs lends some of her globe trotting expertise and connections around the world to pursue the origins of the domestic cat If you care to sift through the author s overly sentimental fanciful speculation on the history of her pet cats you ll find some interesting tidbits on the history of domestic cats worldwide Contains a one to two page description of most of the commonly accepted cat breeds with something about what is known about their history A startling number of breeds can be traced back to a single mutation discovered in an otherwise unremarkable litter of kittens I was eager to learn about the technical aspects of cat breeds but alas Geyer s knowledge of genetics is zero to negative and nearly every time she attempts to describe how characteristic traits are inherited and expressed she unintentionally gives the science savvy reader a good chuckle

Review When Cats Reigned Like Kings On the Trail of the Sacred Cats

Ed unexpected answers and posed tantalizing new uestions The result is a remarkable book bound to delight and amaze cat fanciers and adventure seekersIt was Geyer's curiosity about her own cats that inspired her to study the history of human feline relations and especially cats' exalted status among the ancients as royal or sacred beings Her uest spanned the earth In Egypt Geyer learned of the cat goddess Bastet and of the cat's role in the transmigration of souls In Myanmar she saw Leonardo DiCaprio Rick Cute concept famed international correspondent Georgie Anne Geyer promises her pet cats that she will learn their sacred histories by jetsetting around the globe to places where cats were once revered The journalism that takes her Egypt Burma Thailand and Japan is incidental a cover really for this study of the history and myth of sacred cats Geyer s love for her cats and chatty meandering tone were enjoyable but the books got a bit too self indulgent by the end And the last section of the book is devoted to descriptions of modern cat breed a concept that gives me willies There was too much human racial essentialism orientalism built into her delight in attributing certain breed characteristics to the people who live in the region from whence each breed cameMy mom gave me this along with Geyer s Tunisia A Story of a Country that Works a much interesting use of her happy optimistic prose

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Nationally syndicated journalist Georgie Anne Geyer explores the connections between the royal and sacred felines of ancient civilizations and the beloved domestic cats of todayChasing an irresistible mystery across the globe journalist Georgie Anne Geyer conducted exhaustive research into the little known puzzle of how cats came to occupy their uniue position in the lives of humans Treated with the tenacity resourcefulness and narrative instinct of a seasoned foreign correspondent the investigation yield An entertaining narrative combining history and whimsical cat stories


About the Author: Georgie Anne Geyer

Georgie Anne Geyer was an American journalist and author



6 thoughts on “When Cats Reigned Like Kings On the Trail of the Sacred Cats

  1. says:

    An entertaining narrative combining history and whimsical cat stories

  2. says:

    Cute concept famed international correspondent Georgie Anne Geyer promises her pet cats that she will learn their sacred histories

  3. says:

    Georgie Anne Geyer a foreign correspondent with vast knowledge of world affairs lends some of her globe trotting expertise and connections around the world to pursue the origins of the domestic cat If you care to sift through the author's overly sentimental fanciful speculation on the history of her pet cats you'll find some interesting tidbits on the history of domestic cats worldwide Contains a one to two page description of m

  4. says:

    I had big hopes for this book It's been on my to read list foreverUnfortunately it missed its mark Or the mark I had hoped for I wanted a history of the biology and cultural significance of cats and what I got was a book written by

  5. says:

    Considering I am a huge cat fana

  6. says:

    Excellent weaving of the dicatspora of the Cat and human history

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