Q: mArjArahatyA

Mariana Caixeiro naniji at MAIL.TELEPAC.PT
Fri Sep 12 22:58:29 UTC 1997

At 01:21 AM 9/10/97 BST, Narayan Raja writes:
>> >Further regarding the "sin of killing a cat" issue, the following
>> >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.
>This must be quite a widespread belief, then.
>I happen to know that Bapa Rao is Telugu, while,
>as I recall, someone from Maharashtra also referred
>to such a belief.  In my own family (we are Tamil),
>my mother and grandmother warned me that if a cat
>"lost even one single hair" because of me, I would have
>to go to "narakam" (i.e., hell. but temporary).  Why
>cats in particular?  Don't know.

Yes, killing of cat is believed to be a great sin almost equivalent to
brahmahatya and there is a belief that such person's progeny will not
survive if the sin is not atoned.


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