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Nine Lives: Cats in Folklore Katharine Mary Briggs

Nine Lives: Cats in Folklore

Katharine Mary Briggs

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A great number of books have been written about cats, some factual, some humorous, some eulogistic. But even though cats have inspired innumerable folktales, nursery rhymes and anecdotes, have been credited with magical properties, and have been, toMoreA great number of books have been written about cats, some factual, some humorous, some eulogistic. But even though cats have inspired innumerable folktales, nursery rhymes and anecdotes, have been credited with magical properties, and have been, to their great detriment, inextricably entangled in the witchcraft superstition, no book has ever been written about cats in folklore.As a cat-lover and the leading authority on British folklore, Katharine Briggs is uniquely qualified to write such a book. Gathering together many of the legends and tales that surround cats, she looks at the cat in folklore from ancient Egypt to the present day. The cult of the cat, feline characteristics, cats and other creatures as friends or foes, benevolent cats and monstrous cats are all considered, as are cats in nursery tales and amusements, and in modern literary folklore.Katharine Briggs explains their enduring appeal thus. The many facets of a cats character, their wise and loving parenthood, the way in which they combine domesticity with an almost wild independence and their capacity for friendship with other species of creatures, all these attracted the attention of men from very early times, and have left a legacy of lore and legend which wakes an echo in our own minds.To have a miniature jungle purring at our hearth-side is to enjoy a momentary escape from the shackles of civilization. Perhaps the folklorist feels the same as he exposes primitive emotions and practices. If that is so, it may be that the study of cats in folklore can give us a double pleasure.