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Legend

Birmans are often considered to be holy animals from Burma. The legend about their birth is being told in many forms. This is one of them:

Many years ago lived in mystic Tibet monks, who followed a religion called Kittah, worshipped a god named Song-Hyo and the Goddess with beautiful sapphire eyes called Tsun Kyan-Kse. At the foot of Tibet they built a wonderful temple Lao-Tsun, in the temple they have build a shrine dedicated to their beloved Tsun Kyan-Kse. Also one hundred pure white cats lived in the temple with those monks. The cats were very important for the Kittah religion. Monks believed that their souls are that pure that it cannot leave this world and so the Goddess when a monk dies gives his soul the form of a holy white cat.

Among the temple monks lived an old wise lama Mun-Ha. Mun-Ha was completely commited to a service for Tsun Kyan-Kse. It was said that probably the god Song-Hyo himself knoted golden beard from his chin – as symbol of humility. Every time he meditated in front of a golden statue of the Goddess of reincarnation Tsun Kyan-Kse, his favorite male cat with a snow-white coat and yellow eyes called Sihn, was by his side. One tempestuous night, Phoums from Siam attacked the temple.

They plundered the temple and killed the old Mun-Ha. He died rapt in prayers with eyes fixed on the golden statue of his beloved Goddess Tsun Kyan-Kse with sapphire eyes. And in that moment, a miracle happened. The color of Sinh´s eyes, who did not left his master even after his death, turned into sapphire and the white coat got the golden shine of the Goddess. The coat on its legs and on tail got darker and a dark mask appeared on its face. Only the paws, the cat was touching with the head of its master, got a white color, as a sign of monk´s purity. Only once took Sinh its eyes of the statue of the Goddess Tsun Kyan-Kse.

He looked on the gate and monks, like it was miracle, managed to close the gate immediately and stop the further robbing. Faithful Sinh sat motionlessly, without food and water, by its master next seven days. It did not take its look of the eyes of Goddess Tsun Kyan-Kse. The seventh day Sinh died and took Mun-Ha's soul to his Goddess Tsun Kyan-Kse. The same day all temple cats changed their colouring the same way as Sinh. That's how the Sacred Cats from Burma were born.

The legend says, that thanks to the loyalty, which Sinth proved that time, is every Birman after death accompanied by a monk.

Those legends are charming, but the breed was in fact breeded not so long ago by crossbreeding of a Siamese and a two-colored long coat cat. It happened at the beginning of 20's in France . First Birma ns had a very similar coat color to Siamese cats with dark-brown points – but of course with noticeable white paws.



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