Tonight I had a new arrival in my home, Mithra, an awesome three month old kitten. My co-worker John needed a new home for the little fellow so I volunteered mine. He’s a wonderful cat, playful but generally well behaved. I decided to name him Mithra (he was formerly known as Boomer), after a lion-headed god.
MITHRA (Male): The Persian lion-headed god of truth and friendship. He was such a popular god thathe became the symbol of mystic light for several Middle Eastern cultures. The Romans, always on the lookout for a pagan deity to steal, just loved this guy. It’s true that the cult of Mithra was the strongest competitor against Christianity. As a matter of fact, the Romans even celebrated his birthday on December 25, long before Christianity adopted this date for the celebration of the birth of Jesus. The cult died out not long after the Roman Empire adopted Christianity as its official religion. A name for your cat that harkens back to a time when a once great, yet all but forgotten god, “…could’a been a contender.”
– Middle East Cats
My sister Ilea visited to see my new cat and we spent a while playing with it, watching it explore my apartment, snapping photos and then letting the tired fellow sleep. I must say I’m delighted to have such a wonderful kitten around. I just hope he’s remained so and not destroyed anything in my apartment.
The only down side so far is that this is yet another distraction from novel writing, however pleasant it may be.
Photos of Mithra can be found here.