WHY WERE CATS SO IMPORTANT IN EYGPT?
In ancient Egypt, the cats were created, as they were gods. The role cats played in the ancient Egyptian world is nothing like the role they play in today‘s world. Cats in ancient Egypt were protected under certain laws and these laws were strict. If anyone harmed a cat, either on purpose or by accident , then the punishment they would be severe. Anyone who killed a cat in the ancient Egyptian ages would be put to death. Wow they were blood thirsty humans. The people in ancient Egypt would gather around to kill the person. There was a Roman who killed a cat by accident and he was still punished. Furthermore, in ancient Egypt, there were strict laws forbidding the cats from going through exportation. Which means trade. When cats became illegally exported, armies would be sent out to get the cats back from the lands they had been sent to. The ancient Egyptians had a strong love for cats, so strong that they surrendered to the Persians ( another country, Greeks\ Romans) because of their cats.
The Egyptians were once at war with the Persians when a Persian general developed a plan that would work. He knew how much the ancient Egyptians cared for their cats so he sent the soldiers to steel as many cats as they could. Instead of having their cats harmed, they surrendered and gave the city to the Persians.I KNOW!? Yes, this was a big loss and was devastating for the Egyptians.
When cats died, they would be mummified, just as humans would be. They would be put in their tombs that they built and in their tombs, they placed rats, mice and saucers of milk. Cat cemeteries can be found lining the Nile Rive. X-rays have shown that some of the cats who have been mummified died from broken necks, this may be implying that the priests of the Temples killed them in order to cut down on the population and they were used for offerings to Bast. In the city of Bubastis, there are about three hundred thousand mummified cats.
In ancient Egypt, when a cat died, the individuals who stayed in the house with the cat would go in mourning and shave their eyebrows. The next time that cute little ball of fur jumps on your lap purring away or meows for food, you should think of how his ancestors were worshiped and adored by the mummies. Cats really are great creatures that deserve that worship.
They even had a cat goddess called Bastet.
Although cats were highly worshiped in Egypt thousands were mummified and some were even offered to the gods!
The egyption goddess Bastet
Egyption cat statue