Mythology of the American Indians

American Indians don’t value cats as domestic animals, maybe due to their nomad style of life, though they did admire greatly the ability doe hunting of the wild cat.

It appears in a myth of the Pawnee tribe, along with the black bear, the wolf and the puma, as animals chosen by Tarawa, their supreme god, to protect the vespertine star.

Cats That Hunt
The Christianizing of Western Europe and the construction of religious buildings revalued cats as hunters of harmful animals.

In that age, monasteries were big agricultural centers, where cereals was stored during several months, due that it took a long time to thrash and to throw it all by hand, for which having some cats around the corral was an excellent resource.

The corral cats would enter into the monk’s cells and, in fact, where the only pets permitted to monks and nuns. The gospels of Lindisfarne and the book of kells, both from the VIII Century, contain affectionate representations of cats within its illuminated pages.

Pangur ban is one of the monastery cats that whose  owner rends homage in a poem that appear in almost all the poetic anthologies about animals. However, after this apogee, cats began to be killed at the monasteries, and they began to use their hide to embellish and to cover their clerical habits. This was the only hide permitted for that end by the canonical law.

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