Q: mArjArahatyA

S Krishna mahadevasiva at hotmail.com
Tue Sep 9 22:00:09 UTC 1997

David Israel writes:
>Further regarding the "sin of killing a cat" issue, the following 
>snippiets happened to appear yesterday on the Sasialit listserv -- 
>suggesting that perhaps the utterances of the Pandit in the Hindi 
>tale weren't wholly made out of whole cloth (so to say)?

>B [a certain Bapa Rao] says:
>> p.s. about the cats, I based my statement on my upbringing, which
>> held that it was a special sin to kill cats, as opposed to the
>> generic sin incurred by killing anything. No one around me
>> particularly liked cats, it was just held sinful to kill one. Don't
>> know much more about it, I'm afraid.

 Could you please ask this gentleman as to whether this is some kind of 
a family belief or is it some belief in the area where he come from? I 
know there are families where it is wrong to kill snakes, the story is 
that the snake curses the family causing its children to have
a funny skin coloration- I remember reading about a family in 
Maharashtra which had this tale to tell....I don't think there is 
anything generic religious belief about this.....

Looking forward to your reply,


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