Sacred Birman's are just as mysterious as they look,
on this page we try to tell you a bit about the Saga and a little bit more .
In a temple built on the sides of Mount Lugh, lived in prayer the very holy Kittah Mun-Ha, great Lama holy of holies, the one of which the God, Song- Ho himself, has braided his golden beard . Not a minute, not a glance, not a thought of his life was not dedicated to the adoration, contemplation, and holy service of Tsun Kyan-Kse, the Goddess with the sapphire eyes, the one who presided over the transmigration of souls, the one who permits the Kittahs to live again in a holy animal for the duration of its animal existence, before taking again a haloed body with the full and holy perfection of the great priests. Near him was meditating Sinh, his dear oracle, an all-white cat whose eyes were yellow, yellow from the reflection of the golden whiskers of his master and from the golden body of the Goddess with the heavenly eyes... Sinh, the cat to advise, whose ears, nose, tail and extremities of his legs were dark like the color of the earth, mark of the stain and impurity of all that touches or can touch the ground.
Now, one night, as the malevolent moon had permitted the murdering Phoums who came from hated Siam, to draw near the sacred place, the Grand Priest Mun-Ha gently entered death, having at his side his divine cat, and under his eyes the despair of all his overwhelmed Kittahs... It was then that the miracle came about - the only miracle of immediate transmigration: in a bound, Sinh was on the golden throne and sat on the head of his sagged master. He leaned on that aged head which, for the first time, was no longer looking at its Goddess. And as he sat stiffened before the eternal statue, one saw the bristly hair of his white spine become sudden golden yellow. His golden eyes became blue, large and deep as the eyes of the Goddess. As he was gently turning his head to the south door, his four paws which were touching the old skull became a dazzling white, up to the place that the silk of the holy garments were covering. And as his eyes were turning from the south door, the Kittahs obeying this commanding look, which was full of serenity and light, hurried in the first breeze to close the heavy bronze doors.
The temple was saved from profanation and pillage - Sinh, however, had not left the throne and on the seventh day, without having made a move, facing the Goddess, eye to eye, he dies - mysterious and hieratic, carrying to Tsun Kyan-Kse the soul of Mun-Ha, too perfect for the earth....
And when seven days alter, the assembled priests consulted before the statue to decide on the succession of Mun-Ha, all the cats of the temple ran up, and all were dressed in gold with white gloves and all had changed to deep sapphire the yellow of their eyes, and in complete silence they surrounded the youngest of the Kittahs so thus the reincarnated ancestors were designated by the will of the Goddess.
The history of the Sacred Birman cat is surrounded by mystery. In 1926 the first Sacred Birman cat is appearing at a show in Paris. It was the female cat 'Poupee de Maldapour'. The story tells that major Russel Gordon, an officer in the British army in the Far East (Tibet, India or Birma), who was protecting 'the Kittahs' against raids, could observe the Sacred Cats in the Temple for the first time. The major heard the story of the Sacred Cat for the first time and tells this to Professor Junaud who is publishing it for the first time in France when Poupee appears on the show for the first time.
Poupee should have been a daughter of a couple of Sacred Birman cats, which a mister Vanderbilt received in the Far East as a gift. On their way to Europe the mail cat dies, but the female cat Sita fortunately appeared to be pregnant.
Investigators who have been to the area where the temple should have been, described by Major Gordon, have however never been able to discover it. Nor has anyone in this area seen any cats. Although in Cambodia a mister Townes lived, who had given two cats with half long hair and points (drawing) to an American misses Griswold. These were the cats Pkaa and Klaa. Townes bought the parents from a French miss Gillet, who was interested in breeding Color- points. Pkaa and Klaa had a small white spot on their paws. In fact there is little known about the first breeding of Birmans. Remarkable is however that the appearance of these cats is almost similar to the appearance of Colorpoints from Persian and Siamese cats. Although you have to take into account that the Persian and Siamese did not have such an extreme formed head as they have now. It is possibly too brutal to say that in someway the housecat secretly added the factor of white feet and that the Sacred Birman cat arise by coincidence. What a fact is, is that the cat is unique in any case and that a bit of added mystery will only contribute to extend his sanctity.
Sacred Birman , our hobby for 25 years with still the same passion and dedication