Tuesday, June 20, 2006

How The Tabby Got It's M

There are lots of cat legends, but while talking in the pub the other night (Kusar Cabana in SS15!) I heard one that's new to me the other day on how the tabby cat got it's "M", the typically have dark markings on their foreheads.

Christian legends say the Virgin Mary marked the tabby with an M for Maria as thanks for warming the baby Jesus in the cold stable at Bethlehem, while Muslim legends say the Prophet Mohammed bestowed the mark as thanks for a timely warning from his pet cat Muezza that a poisonous snake had crawled into his coat sleeve.
Photo taken by Bernard Landgraf; courtesy of WikiCommons http://commons.wikimedia.org
Many of the jungle cats, such as tigers, cheetahs, and ocelots also have the M marking. Wonder who was brave enough to pet those big kitties!

This tiger was snapped by Bernard Landgraf; the Ocelot was taken by someone working for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Both pictures are in the public domain. Source: WikiCommons


Gattina said...

I knew about the M from Mohamed, but I never heard that JC was confronted with a cat, not even when he was a baby in his craddle, lol ! The Mohamed story sounds more true to me because usually muslims love cats, but look what the catholic church had done to cats in the middle age ! the black once were considered as witches !


I "M" think this was an interesting
post! I had two tabbies growing up,
both their names started with "M".
Oooooh, I wonder if the "M" on their
foreheads made us think of "M" names.
Maybe? interesting...... :)

Fluffy and Heather said...

We had no idea that the M marking on cats had religious connotations. Very interesting! We would have liked to have commented about this post on Facebook, but sadly, we're one of the jail birds. (Not that I would ever compare myself to a bird!)