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Grace Elliot
February 20th, 2011, 03:40 PM
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As a veterinarian Iím constantly surprised by the resilience of the feline species. This week alone a 17 year old cat with kidney failure successfully underwent dental attention, a stray cat lost a leg but was eating the same night and a kitten fell 40 feet with barely a scratch to show for it! Its no wonder cats have a reputation for having nine lives - which set me wondering where the saying originated.
Research into this fable led me to ancient <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /><st1:place w:st="on"><st1:country-region w:st="on">Egypt</st1:country-region></st1:place>. The ancient Egyptians believed in 9 Ďgreat godsí or ENNEAD, which sounds as if we are getting close to the spot! So who or what is the Ennead and where did they come from?
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