Cultures Who Worshipped Cats

There’s a reason why most of America is glued to their smartphone looking at funny cat videos. Our ancient brethren¬†worshiped cats! From Ancient Egyptians, Norse Gods, even the people in Peru all had some sort of Cat Like Diety. Let’s take a look at the top 6 immortal cat beings from all over the world:

1. The Norse God Freyja is known as the goddess of love, fertility, war and was pulled around on a chariot by none other than two gray cats. A gift from her friend Thor. Farmers used to leave offerings to cats because they believed it would bring them a bountiful harvest.

2. The Peruvians, (better known as the Incas but in this case we are going even further back in history to the Mochica), have a shape-shifting god named Ai-Apaec. He looks like an old man with a wrinkled face, fangs and cat whiskers and was known to take the form of a tomcat.

3. The Chinese had a cat god named Li Shou. He makes an appearance in the Chinese Book of Rites. Similar to their Nordic counterparts, Chinese farmers would leave offerings to cats because they believed it protected their crops from rats and other vermin.

4. In Poland, there was Ovinnik, a black cat, who was also worshiped by farmers (I am seeing a trend here). He chased away ghosts, evil spirits, and fairies.

5. In Greece, there was the goddess Hecate who was a shape shifter. In one of the greek myths, she shapeshifted into a Cat to escape the monster Typhon. Since then she extended a special love and protection to all cats.

6. Ceridwen is a Celtic Goddess who also had cats as servants who would do her bidding on earth.

This list fails to mention Native American cultures that also worshiped cats and African cultures that worshiped big cats like Lions.