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It 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 quest 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, Ricky 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 Virginia.
Richly 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 each.
Part 1 On The Trail of the Royal and Sacred Cats 1
1 An Egyptian God Cat, Lost on the Streets of Chicago 3
2 Back Home in Egypt-Reigning Cats 27
3 Life After Pasha: My Nikko and Japan's "Neko" 51
4 Burma's Sacred Cat Is Lost-Where Could It Have Gone? 69
5 In Siam, a Cat's Home Is His Palace 91
6 Japan: My Good Fortune with the Good-Luck Cat 115
7 Coming to America: Becoming Somecat! 139
Part 2 The Family of cat 163
Appendix: History and Genealogy of the Royal and Sacred Cats 237