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11. They were worshiped by ancient Egyptians.
In ancient Egypt, cats were revered for their poise and elegance, and were even mummified along with pharaohs. They were deeply associated with the world of gods and goddess, and unlike other animals, were considered demi-gods themselves. Bastet, or Bast, is a half-woman half-cat goddess who was celebrated at a festival that drew around 700,000 people. We all could be so lucky. 

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