you will find lots of interesting things about the Birman cat.
of this legend lie with the Kittah priests of Khmer, who had
by all accounts been relentlessly pursued and massacred since
around the early 1700's. Their enemies were the Indian Brahmins
and in order to escape their attacks fled to North Burmah where
they founded the subterranean Temple of Lao-Tsun (The Abode
of the Gods ). This temple was described by Russell Gordon as
lying to the East of Lake Incaougji, between Magaoung and Sembo.
In 1898, one of the
last remaining Kittas related the following legend to Russell
A most venerable priest
known as Mun-Ha was living in the Temple of Lao-Tsun. Mun-Ha
had lived his entire life in contemplation of Tsun-Kyankse,
the goddess with sapphire eyes who presided over the transmutation
of souls. Apparently Mun-Ha had an oracle who dictated his decisions
and this oracle was highly revered by the Kittahs - the oracle
was his cat Sinh.
Sinh sat alongside his
master and also lived in contemplation of the goddess, his yellow
eyes gazing into the sapphire eyes of the goddess.
One evening as the moon
rose, the Thai's entered the temple and murdered the revered
priest in the presence of his goddess and his divine cat. Immediately
transmutation took place, Sinh bounded onto the throne, supported
by his masters head he faced the goddess. Where his feet contacted
the head of his master, they whitened to the claws, his eyes
changed to blue - like the eyes of the goddess and the hair
along his spine changed to a golden hue.
The legend continues,
Sinh, ordered the Kittahs to find and kill the enemy, then followed
seven days where he refused to take nourishment and died. Seven
days after the death of Sinh the kittahs assembled before the
goddess to chose their successor to Mun-Ha, when a great wonder
was observed - all the one hundred temple cats came in procession,
and all had sapphire eyes, golden coats, and snowy white feet.
It is said, that when
a sacred cat dies in the temple of Lao-Tsun, the soul of a Kittah
A warning too, for those
who (even accidentally) hasten the end of one of these venerable
cats - the most dreadful torments are reserved for them, that
the soul in pain may be appeased.
of the Birman in Europe dates back to around 1920, although
the details are rather sketchy. The Birman is reported to have
decended from a pair brought to Europe by Mr. Vanderbilt this
pair being Sita the female and Madalpour the male. During the
voyage to Nice Madalpour died, Sita was however in kitten and
later gave birth to a litter where only one survived - this
was the female Poupee being the beginnings of the 'de Madalpour'
Selections and cross
breeding to Siamese and other breeds (including Colourpoints,
and White Longhairs)were done in order to establish the early
birman, as there was no other way to recreate that which had
been found in Sita & Madalpour.
Pedigree research is
rewarding and fascinating and a very good way to get to know
the breed. The starting point in the UK being the original imports
in 1965 by Mrs. Elsie Fisher "Praha" Prefix and Mrs
Margaret Richards "Mei Hua" Prefix.
Nouky de Non Reve a
Seal Pt. male born 17th September 1964
Orlamonde de Khlaramour Blue Pt. female born 2nd March 1965
Osaka de Lugh Blue Pt. born 17th September 1965
Nouky was apparently a large cat with a good coat, pale eye
colour and too much white on his front feet although his gauntlets
were good. Orlamonde on the other hand had no gauntlets, but
did possess even front feet, whereas Osaka was well marked and
had the best eye colour of the three, but also had occasional
Mrs Fisher and Mrs Richard
worked under the joint Prefix "Paranjoti" at this
time until 1967 when the reverted to their own.
from 1966 to the early
1970's five more cats were imported
Pipo du Clos Fleuri
- Seal Pt. Male by Mrs. Elizabeth Towe
Ghandi Von Assindia - Blue Pt. born 14th August 1968 Mrs. Fisher
Solomon Von Assindia - Seal Pt. born 7th September 1969 by Miss.
Shani de la Valliere - Seal Pt. Female by Mrs Enid Holmes
Dandy von Aroldessen - Seal Pt.Male by Mr. Bransdon (no progeny
from this line is known)
Ghandi is said to have been a beautifully marked cat with a
lovely coat but an unpredictable temperament. Pipo's father
Hamlet de Madalpour was also the father of Osaka and the grandfather
of Orlamonde. A study of these early pedigrees will show all
these cats to be related sometimes quite closely.
Fortunately the addition
of the new colours has injected some new blood into the birman
and should over time serve to strengthen the lines.
Bay, Lancs, UK
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