Dogs and cats in ancient China

As you know, Feng Shui originated in ancient China and if you have read my post pets-in-history  , you already know that dogs and cats were considered in a very different way at that time than nowadays.

Dogs in ancient China

  • China is considered to be the cradle of many dog breeds and in ancient China the dog was one of the most honored and cherished animals. Pekingese dogs were the companions of Chinese emperors and these dogs could only be owned by members of the Chinese Imperial Palace. They were believed to bring luck and dispel evil spirits. 
  • The Chinese lion dogs or Foo dogs were the sacred dogs of Asia and were used as statues for protection as they are still used nowadays.​ (They are still used as figurines or statues in Feng Shui)
  • The  Yellow Emperor made the dog one of the 12 animals of the Chinese Zodiac. 

Cats in ancient China

  • Some cats were viewed favorably: the Butterfly cat whose pelt has spots was considered lucky as were cats whose coat was a particular shade of gold, they were thought to attract wealth. Nowadays in all Chinese stores lucky cats can be found and you can also use a piggy bank in the form of a cat for the piggy bank method and even put the picture of a cat in the wealth area.
  • If in ancient Egypt cats were revered as gods ( for example Bastet an Egyptian goddess of love had the head of a cat and to steal or kill a cat became an offence punishable by death), in ancient China things were different.
  • In northern China, the god who protected the harvest, Li-Shou was depicted as a cat.
  • But mainly cats in ancient China were considered to have associations with the darker side of the occult and to be connected with the demons. Like the tiger and the lion, the cat was believed to have the ability to chase away evil spirit.      

Modern science discovered that in fact cats are attracted to bad energy areas (see  my post your-pet-is-a-Feng-Shui-master. Tell me what what you think! I would love to hear about your experience in the subject.

Pets in history

    A long time ago

  • The partnership between dogs, cats and humans has a long history. Dogs were domesticated long before cats probably as long ago as 35,000 years. Mainly they were used by men for herding and hunting. 
  • Studies show that cats were first domesticated in the Near East about 12,000 years ago at the time of the first agricultural societies in the Middle East Fertile Crescent. They were used to protect crops and grains against rodents.
  • In exchange for they services, those animals got protection, shelter and a reliable food source.

  In the modern time

  • Dogs are trained to render all kind of services from guiding the blinds, helping in natural disasters, police work to detecting drugs and cancer cells.
  • But mainly since the fifties, dogs and cats are used as companions and are now part of our household, a member of our family. As such they have their own health care system, schools, beauty parlors, food industry, funeral sites and so on. They are seek for love and support. We are more related than ever to our pets and that is why they should be considered in a Feng Shui consultation.

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