Allen W Thrasher
athr at LOC.GOV
Mon Feb 2 21:43:29 UTC 1998
Mary Storm wrote:
Did people in antiquity see pets in the same rather romantic way that
modern society does? Was there a Puranic Rin Tin Tin ?
There was the story (Pancatantra?) of the mongoose who saves his master's
baby from a cobra but the master comes home and seeing his mouth bloody
concludes he's killed the baby and kills him, but then discovers his error.
The ancient pets were I think mongooses, birds of various sorts (parrots,
mynas, geese), and deer.
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