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In ancient Egypt, when a cat died, it was mandatory for its owner to shave off his eyebrows to show his grief. Do we have any such beliefs in India??

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Asked by cyrus irani, 07 Feb '10 05:37 pm
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ORIGIN OF THE CAT-ASTROPHE

An anecdote would illustrate the birth of a belief from a practice that
began in a simple utilitarian manner.

This is the story of a pious God-fearing king from ancient India. To earn
the praise of the lords of Heaven this king annually organised mass feeding
of Sadhus, Sanyasis (hermits) and Brahmins (priests). Countless number of
learned Brahmins, Sadhus and Sanyasis used to converge on his palace to
partake in the gastronomical delights and bestow their blessings on the ...more
Answered by Josna, 08 Feb '10 12:11 pm

 
  
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Never heard of any such thing in India.
Though when my pet dogs died, I put Ganga water in their mouths, wrapped them in new cloth and had them cremated in the animal crematorium and then placed their ashes under an ancient Banyan tree next to an even ancient Shiva temple..all in the hope that they may reincarnate into good humans or even better still join the Creator for eternity.
Answered by joyoti sen, 07 Feb '10 05:54 pm

 
  
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No there is no such belief in India associated with Cats. However, there is one myth associated with Cat's big brother Lion. Narasimha or "man-lion" was the 4th incarnation of Lord Vishnu according to Hindu tradition. In this incarnation, he had a human body with the head of a lion and was a god incarnate as a part-human, part-animal in order to kill the demon Hiranyakashipu, who cannot be killed by human, god or animal. As Narasimha is not any of these, but is all of these at once, he is able to kill the demon.
Answered by Jack Johnson, 08 Feb '10 03:22 am

 
  
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We do not even shave our heads, when somebody dies in our family.
Answered by satish kushwaha, 08 Feb '10 03:54 am

 
  
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Sir I am fond of cats I had a persian breed cat it was very good and every year she used to have many kittens i used to look after the family of these cats and the weak kitten mother -cat used to eat and she used to protect other healthy kittens and after cats death i have buried cat's body in a farm house ..but nowadays i dont know what others do for the same...
Answered by sarya mitra, 07 Feb '10 10:41 pm

 
  
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In india cat has nine lives ( do u mean we have to repeat the ritual quoted by mr irani,or hemantji nine times
Answered by AANEWS AGENCY, 07 Feb '10 06:45 pm

 
  
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There used to be a belief in ancient India that if you kill a cat then you have to donate a cat made of gold equal to the weight of the dead cat in the temple.I had read a story in school about this when the lady of the house is trying to bargain with the pandit regarding the size of the gold cat to be donated.Just then the servant of the house informs them that the cat which the bahu of the house had "killed' just got up and ran away!
Answered by HEMANT MEHTA, 07 Feb '10 06:31 pm

 
  
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No such beleif in India. however if you KILL a cat, you are supposed to gift a small cat made of Gold to a temple
Answered by iqbal seth, 07 Feb '10 06:13 pm

 
  
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There is no such beliefs in Hinduism and I have no knowledge of other religions.
Answered by ajay, 07 Feb '10 05:46 pm

 
  
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There is a tradition among Hindus that children shave off their heads when their father dies.
Answered by Tony Fernandez, 07 Feb '10 05:46 pm

 
  
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