There are many theories about the origin of the Sacred Birman cat. The location is marked in its name (the Asian country Birma/Burma or the present Myanmar). It is located in Southeastern Asia, bordering China in the North, Laos in the East, Thailand in the Southeast, Bangladesh in the West and India in Northwest. The country is known for its majestic Buddhist temples (pagodas), vast jungles and beautiful beaches. Made up of over 100 ethnic groups, each with its own unique culture and language. It is said that in the past the monks of this country had Birman cat companions due to the fact that these animals possess high energy and sensitivity to the world around them. The close contact between people and their faithful companions, helped meditation and spiritual searches.
Another curious thing is that they were known to protect the body from the interference of invisible beings during the astral journeys of their master. That's what inspired us to name our cattery Fluffy Guardians.
All stories about this breed usually start with the following legend:
Many centuries ago a Buddhist temple was located in Lao-Tsun near the Crystal Lake. It was guarded by a hundred white cats with yellow eyes and long silk soft fur. It was believed that the cats actually carry the souls of the dead monks. Incarnated in these cats they went back to the temple. The patron goddess of temple was Cong Quan Tse (also known as the goddess of rebirth). She was presented with a golden statue with brilliant sapphire eyes.
One of the monks- Mun-ha, often meditated before the statue of the goddess. His faithful cat Sith always stood by him. One day, during meditation marauders from Siam attacked the temple. The monk was killed and the cat Seth changed miraculously. He sat on the body of his master staring at the goddess. When he was found, his eyes were as blue as sapphire, his fur gained a golden hue, but the paws which touched the body of Mun-ha remained pure white. Since then, all cats in the temple acquired these traits.
More recent history of the breed began to carry here in Europe. There are several versions of it. One of them is associated with the names of Major Gordon Russell - British Army officer serving in Birma and the French explorer Auguste Baboon. In 1885 during one of the many wars between Birma and Siam one of the temples of Birma was attacked. Then Russell and Baboon helped the monks organizing the protection of the temple. In gratitude the monks gave them a couple of Birman cats. On the long trip to France the male died, but the female was pregnant and gave birth to their offspring on French soil.
Another version uses a familiar figure of the age, and states that Mr. Vanderbilt, an American millionaire bought several Burmese cats from an unfaithful servant in the temple while circling the Far East.
Sacred Birman cat was first recognized by the French Federation Feline Francais, in 1925. Since then it attracts faithful followers worldwide.
Dieu d'Arakan, the first representative of the breed involved in a cat show.