Of Cats and Goddesses

During one of my periodic forays into current Asherah lore on the web, I discovered a new breed of cat. Well, actually, I didn’t discover it, I just became aware of it. Because of a misspelling on a website I learned that the Ashera (trademarked name!) is the most expensive cat in the world, retailing for $22,000. A blend of three species (the mind boggles), the African Serval, Asian Leopard, and domestic cat, this feline comes in at least three varieties, including the especially appropriate Royal Ashera. If you’ve come into an inheritance and want to waste a few grand, take a look at Lifestyle Pets to see the wonder.

According to Kirta she has a temper!

According to Kirta she has a temper!

Curious, I searched to find if anyone would tip a hand as to where the name of the cat was derived. Choosing the name of the queen of the Ugaritic divine world seemed a little too much coincidence for me, but then again, homophones happen. When the Prince of Egypt, Dreamworks’ answer to The Ten Commandments, was released, I had several people ask me why the Israelites were singing about “Asherah” after they crossed the Red Sea. I had to watch the movie very closely, but I figured out that they were singing “I will sing,” which, in Hebrew, sounds suspiciously like “Asherah.” I never did discover Ashera’s origins.

Cats, however often maligned as associated with witches and vampires and other creatures of the night, are certainly among the most divine of domesticated pets. If I were free to purchase an animal companion the Ashera would be in the ranking (after I’d won the lottery, of course). Whether intentional or not, who would not want to own a cat named after the only goddess to be mentioned in connubial relations both to El and perhaps even to Yahweh? (The latter association, like the naming of the cat, is entirely open to question!)

One thought on “Of Cats and Goddesses

  1. kitty

    Interesting that you researched the name, but didn’t bother to research the cat or even read the wiki article about it.

    Ashera is a SCAM – an existing breed, savannah, resold at several times the price to gullible people (like you) who’d send money to a guy with a cool website with pictures – some of which are taken from a zoo and others from savannah breeder pages – and unproven claims. Savannahs aren’t cheap cats, but they aren’t nearly that expensive especially if you don’t go for an F1 (one generation from serval) that’ll spray all over you and your apartment and go for a cat further removed from the wild.

    This is one link for you. You can find a lot more if you just google on “ashera cat scam”.
    http://www.messybeast.com/asheras.htm

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