The Cat

Frances Pritchett fp7 at COLUMBIA.EDU
Thu Jan 29 07:52:15 EST 1998

On Wed, 28 Jan 1998, Leonard Zwilling wrote:

> I'm presently working on a Tibetan text which is purported to be a
> translation from a Sanskrit original. In this text the cat is used as an
> example for a person of savage and devious mentality which is the way cats
> are still customarily viewed by Tibetans. Can someone tell me
> whether this conforms to an/the Indian attitude towards the cat. Has anyone
> written on the cat in Sanskrit literature. Thanks. Leonard Zwilling
how about a great proverb, even if a little post-dated perhaps--

/nau sau cuuhe khaa ke, billii haj ko calii/

"Having eaten nine hundred mice, the cat went to do the Haj."

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