Cute Overload :D
You may think there has been a GLUT of Cats ‘n’ Racks photos in the last week.
Well, you’re wrong. ‘CAUSE HERE’S ANOTHER ONE. Thank you Jesus! (necklace)
Sender-Inner Jaii says: “More pics including extreme closeup of teensy pawses“
What a FACE! Want.
Kitty looks totally comfortable!!!
Nothing says soothing comfort like a pink fleece. Ahhhhh.
Praise ……….Ice Cream Cone???
Don’t think the headline is appropriate re the subject matter.
Does Jesus NOT have anything to do with kittens and pink fleece?? If you ask me it’s ROCK SOLID proof that there is a higher power.
Now go get those undies out of your butt…
The other charm is the Hand of Fatima protection against the evil eye, named after Fatima Zahra daughter of prophet Mohammed. It is also known as the Hamsa or Khamsa.
The Flickr set for this kitteh shows the male version of this phenomenon. Pets ‘n’ Pecs, anyone?
More like Praise Fatima..
Read below to see what the little trinket is. I know because I do bellydancing & have a friend who sells these things. I’m not Muslim, but I am open minded (and able to laugh at myself)
The Hand of Fatima ( Fatma – daughter of Prophet Mohammed )
Throughout northern Africa, Turkey, and in other parts of the Middle East, Muslims wear the necklace and , “Hand of Fatima” , as a jewelry and also for superstitious protection. Fatima was the daughter of the Prophet Muhammad who married Ali, the nephew of the Prophet. Miracles were attributed to Fatima, such as when she prayed in the desert, it started raining. She is described as a faithful, holy woman. This article from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Turkey tells of the importance of jewelry named for her:
“Almost all Anatolian (Turkish) jewelry has a special meaning of its own and its own story, and the ‘Hand of Fatima Necklace’ is one of these, a lovely piece of silver and gold from which silver hands are hung and in whose good luck the women of Anatolia (Turkey) believe. Its romantic story is as follows: One day Lady Fatima (daughter of the Holy Prophet Mohammed) was cooking helva ( halvah ) (the texture is like a dry oatmeal , with sugar and butter in it . They use semolina as the main ingredient . ) in a pan in the garden when suddenly the door opened and her husband the caliph Ali entered along with the new bride. ( Islam allowed four times marriage to man ) concubine (slave-girl), she was deeply grieved and the wooden stirring spoon in confusion dropped from her hand and unaware , she continued stirring the halvah with her hand. Because of the grief in her heart she never even felt the pain of her hand mixing the hot halvah. However, when her husband hurried to her side and exclaimed in surprise “What are you doing there, Fatima?” she felt her hand burning and the pain. Thus it is from that day on the hand of the Lady Fatima has been used in the Islamic world as a symbol of patience, abundance, and faithfulness, and thus it is that girls and women wearing this necklace from whose end the hands hang believe the hands of Lady Fatima will bring them good luck, abundance and patience.”
The story continues ; the bride and Ali as the groom go into their wedding room . The house is wooden , and Fatima can not stop herself from looking through a tiny little hole of a room from the second floor. And when Ali leans over the bride ,from that tiny hole , Fatima’s tear drops to his shoulder , which stops him.
So , the necklace of Fatima ,rather popular in Islamic countries is formed of peaces shaped after a tear drop. The Ethnographical Museums of Turkey have fine examples . Fatima was the daughter of the prophet Mohammed, but in fact this hand has been around before Islam, and there is still much right hand-left hand magic in Morocco. The left hand is for doing bad things; it also protects against the evil eye if you put it palm up in front of you (so naturally that’s an insulting thing to do to someone, implying they have the evil eye).”
Hon glad, I salute you!
Sooooo, why is she wearing Christian and Muslim charms together? :?
Wow, that was supposed to be the “confused” emoticon, but he looks a little….jibbly? sick? about to cry?
@brinnan: I imagine the wearer regards the necklaces as just decorations. Either that or she’s the daughter of a Christian and a Muslim.
Does Islam offer any superstitions about black cats?
The Hamsa is also a Jewish good luck symbol. FYI :)
Who cares about her necklaces and what they represent? I don’t. Who cares that Meg referenced Jesus in her post? I don’t.
I do, however, love the picture of a perfectly contented kitten in what must surely be a warm and comfortable spot. Thanks for sharing, Meg!
I was going to say that looks like a Hamsa, but it’s been covered already.
Estlin, it’s not that I care; it’s just that I’m curious.
Thats a Sacred Heart medalion, not the sort of thing to be worn by the sort of protestants who say Praise Jesus etc
[mulls adding “Jesus” tag]
I would suggest that the wearing of objects representing two different religions doesn’t need to be mutually exclusive. Only if one is a rabid believer that there is only one true faith would that seem to me to be the case. Perhaps the person feels that she embraces principles of both. Maybe it’s a sort of “let’s all get along” thing. I suspect that to someone who is broad-minded, spiritually speaking, it could seem perfectly natural to wear symbols of different religions simultaneously.
I’ve worn a pentacle & the Hamsa…together. And no, I didn’t explode.
KITTEN!!! That’s one happy, lucky, comfy kitten. And, as has been established, this kitten is super protected by various faiths whilst in this pose ;)
Heck, brinnann, they worship the same God, innit.
I’ve never met a Protestant who is into saying “Puh-raise Jeheesus”, diddleymaz. They tend to be a bit more subdued than that. But maybe that’s because a lot of the ones I know are Frisian, and they’re not really into the emotional thang.
does it look to anybody else as though this is just a kitten head resting there, and there isn’t actually a body behind it?
That could never be my kitten. She’s be clawing her way up to my neck so that she can chew on the necklace piece.
Theo..use the Homer Simpson approach. Jeebuz.
This is not a muslim charm
it’s a jewish good luck charm of jews from arabic countries. It is called “chamsa” (meaning 5 fingers, or a hand, because “chamesh” = five).
@260Oakley: I also love that the male C&R at the Flickr page is wearing a plaid shirt with a striped kitten. Way to mix your prints!
* avoids topic of religion, focuses instead on squinchy-eyed, soft and cozy kitteh*
(Is however, rather fascinated with the Fatima story provided by Lucy’s Mommeh) :o
I have a hamza in my office here, I ordered it from Israel via ebay. I did not know it was also the Hand of Fatima! Great story, thanks, it means even more now.
Lovely kitteh! And a great photostream on Flikr, love the Istanbul cats.
Erm, why is everyone discussing religion when there is AN ADORABLE KITTEH here? Just sayin’.
So Muhammad’s daughter married her first cousin? These family tree things get me really confused though!
Either way, me thinks I hear the distant sound of a banjo playing Orange Blossom Special. And I’m from the South, so I can make incest jokes. Take that!
Guess I was wrong in assuming it was Theo who loved the ‘cats n racks’. I wouldn’t think a female would be that enamored, Meg.
Beautiful kitty baby… So relaxing and soothing…
BTW – It’s okay for us chicks to dig ‘cats n racks’. Me love me some ‘cats n racks’!
@Deckard Canine: I don’t know of any Islamic superstitions regarding black cats in specific, but cats are typically favored by Muslim tradition. There are a lot of instances in hadith (folklore about the life of the Prophet Muhammad) where Muhammad is portrayed as a cat-lover, or preaches kindness toward cats, as well as other animals. There are also Sufi writings that praise the ingenuity of cats.
Hard not to see the appeal, really :)
Puddeh-tats are universal!
@Kitti I don’t think finding cat+warm comfy place adorable has anything to do with gender…
As long as we’re discussion religion and not bashing it, it’s all good.
And I second the motion for some cats-n-pecs pics, too! Equal opportunity qte!
(I know…I know! The focus is on the kittehs. But still…)
Pets n Pecs has a great ring to it. I can’t wait for the first post.
kibblenibble, I finded that on bing.com.
And as far as the kitteh-aw, fuzzy pink sweater & fuzzy baby tat! lookie!
Well, where ELSE are you supposed to put the kitten when you need your hands free?
Necklace is baffling. A hand of Miriam (a Jewish symbol of protection) and a picture of Jesus? Makes little to no sense! Unless it’s a Jewish/Christian couple, then it makes sense. I wonder, I bet there’s a good story behind it.
Years ago, in junior college, I wrote a research paper on folklore, myths, and superstitions surrounding cats. It was then that I learned that Americans are just about the only people who consider black cats bad luck. Nearly every other civilization regards them as good luck. I don’t remember what tradition this comes from, but it’s supposed to be really good luck if a black cat comes to live with you of its own volition.
As for us uptight Americans, it all dates back to the days of the Salem witch paranoia and terror. A black cat could be either a witch in disguise or a witch’s familiar. The terrible things done to cats throughout history, but especially black cats, are not cute at all.
Fortunately, we’ve evolved beyond that, and this black kitteh is clearly being cherished as it should be. I collect black cat stuff (figurines, pictures, etc.) and always bring my black cat collection to work when it’s time to decorate for Halloween. Almost always someone will ask me, “Aren’t you superstitious?” To which I will reply to them that yes, I am, I happen to consider black cats to be *especially* wonderful. :)
P.S. The other pics are definitely worth checking out! Velvet soft kitteh paws!
I think I have that exact same hamsa/hand of Fatima pendant, I’m wearing it right now. I have a bunch of “good luck” anti-evil-eye items from various travels, they’re hanging in my office and home and on my keychain (and sometimes around my neck). I figure they can’t hurt, they look good… and I thought my luck had been pretty good recently but now I realize I don’t have a soft teeny kitten in my rack!
I’m really over cats in racks. It’s time to entertain us ladies with some cats in pecs, pups in pecs or something! :D
hon glad you rock!
kitty sez, “Mmm, milk and kookies.”
Ahh… so comferbels!
well, whatever that second thingie is i’m happy for the interesting history/religion lessons from everyone- thanks! (funny- i just figured it was just some kinda milagro)
oh yeah- that is one content lookin’ kitty.
Even when Christ is tossed in the mix, Cats n’ Racks has lost its edge. Now, more than ever, the world needs…
BATS N’ CRACKS®
awwwww! WANT KITTEH!!!!! WANTWANTWANTWANTWANT!!!!!
And I find it fascinating that the hand symbol spans several different cultures/religions. I’m pretty sure there’s something similar in Hinduism. Being a lover of mythology and folklore, I always find it interesting to come across something universal. We’re all far more alike than some would have us think you know….lol.
@Patito Gigante: “BATS N’ CRACKS®”
BWA HA HA HA HA!!!!!!!
Its interesting how all these different groups that are trying to kill each other share the same symbol of peace.
Pic needs more of teh rack.
AWW :) That kitty looks like it is about a month old :) I am glad that whoever is holding the little sweet made sure to put INSIDE their fleece jacket :) As for black cats being bad luck, blame the Babylons :(
@ Patito Gigante. “BATS N’ CRACKS” Snort!
aww-sighh-it looks so cozy and cute too-sighh :-)
I’m from the Deep South, and I’ve heard a lot of Protestants saying “Praise Jesus!” Not quite the “Puh-rai-suh Jee-zus!” (emphasis on the “Jee”) of cartoonish evangelists, but it is said in some of the more evangelical churches all the time. (However, my very Presbyterian grandmother would have been horrified, so not every southern Protestant is so – um – effusive.) Heck, I praise God for MY cats – long story which I won’t go into. I like the idea of wearing symbols of different religions myself – can’t we all just get along???? And I’m a straight female who doesn’t mind Cats-n-racks myself because the animals are adorable and look so cozy. But Pecs-n-cats is a nice idea. Pecs-n-rats. Pecs-n-pups. Pecs-n-anything…..
I have seen the Hand of Fatima but I had no idea of its origin :) Thank you for the information, Lucy’s Mommeh :)
Well, looks like others have already corrected the info about the other charm. I have heard it be called the Hindu Hand… but anyway, yah, it’s a protection symbol used by both Jewish and Muslim faiths that I’ve heard of. Maybe she likes to be diverse? Just likes the look of it? Or maybe, as I have a homemade one of these, she has a “coexist” theme to her necklace. Either way, I appreciate the rack.
The hand of hamsa/fatima/miriam actually predates all Abrahamic religions. It’s technically pagan, I think. But we’ve kept it around and built up new traditions about it because, well, it just really cool. It’s VERY popular in Israel, that’s where I got mine :)
What skippymom said in 21 above.
Geesh, maybe she’s a universal unitarian, eh?
Praise Jesus is what kitteh is thinking of the rack with pink fleece!
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