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Ragdoll-The Legend

26. 4. 2010

Ragdoll - The Legend

translation Z. Hypsova
from the Book Ragdoll-The Legend by D. Hypsova, 2006, part 1
 
 

Legends…….they have been full of mythic beings since the very primaeval times. From common mortals, both peole and animals have been created extraordinary characters who have been storied by mystery and they have been gifted with magical power.

It is on people´s mind that they describe their world by means of projecting such imagination from the legend world to their own sensation of living, looking for and finding the archetypes.

Or people might look for the reflex of the real world which is too difficult ….too difficult to be understood in one´s life living.

Cats….admired, cursed, magical, celebrated, fated, taken rank with the divinity…..they have walked with us for ages.

We have storied even those beings by legends and it is not any chance that the ancestors of ragdolls have been a part of legends and so have been those present ones.

Let´s start at the very beginning……..

We can read in letters that the Ragdolls´ grandam was Josephine – a Turkish Angora. We must disbelieve to this hypothesis but it is a legend and there is a nice story in a Turkish Angora´s case. If you are lucky enough to meet a Turkish Angora or you are the lucky owner of some one- that white one with different coloured eyes- palm the cat and whisper the secretest wish of yours. If she rceives some tidbit from you your wish will come true. Is it possible to imagine any better expression of Turkish Angora´s divine „keystone“ ?

Ragdolls´ forefather is said to be a tom-cat of Sacred Birma. And even this tom-cat is fated by a Goddess´interference.

The legend tells us a story about a monk Mun- Ha who was living in the friary with his cat Sinh ages ago. Sinh is sometimes described as a tom-cat and sometimes as a female cat. Sinh was always standing beside Mun-Ha when he was praying to the statue of Goddess Tsun-Kyankzé. Tsun-Kyankzé was a Goddess of transmigration. Once during a dark night this friary was invaded by a horde of enemies. There was the threat not only of plundering but also of monks murdering. Nobody was able to find the secret passage to be able to escape and save.  The old Mun-Ha died while he was praying. At that time, Sinh touched the Goddess´s vesture and there happened a transmigration miracle: the white cat´s coat coloured by a golden  glance, cat´s eyes got the Goddess´s dark blue colour. Cat´s face, legs, ears and tail got brown of the land. Only the tips of the cat´s pads, which Sinh touched his/her master´s garb, rested purely white. Sinh looked toward to the secret passage and showed to the other monks the escape way. After it, Sinh died to carry away his/her master´s soul. All cats in the friary changed like Sinh did. Oh yes, there is believed that cats carry away their masters´souls to Hades.

And there is the other legend and this legend is really royal. This one is about a Siamese cat.  A Siamese cat has stood at the breed of Birma and most likely it also has been one of Josephine´s ancestors. Once upon a time there was living a beautiful princess in Siam. Our princess had her favorite cat. The cat was really lovely, slim and very smooth but very well grown and the cat loved her lady so much that she stayed with her even when princess went to have her bath in the lagoon in the garden of the royal palace. The cat was guarding princess´s jewellery while princess was having her bath. Princess had a nice golden ring from her father and she did not want to lose this ring so everytime when she wanted to have her bath, she put this ring onto the cat´s tail and made a hook on the cat´s tail and the ring did not fall down. The cat truly waited on her lady and was rewarded by Gods. All her descendants had a hook on the tail in memory of their grandam.

These are the legends about Ragdolls´ ancestors. But there is a legend that is still alive and not less interesting.

In a city of Riverside in Southern California lived a madam called Ann Baker.  Her white angora called Josephine was gravid when a car hit the cat. Josephine miraculously survived but the cost of her life was a half of her brain. It changed her character and behaviour in so far that she became to be unfeeling, did not feel any pain and she could disengage her muscles as the rag dolls could do – in English „Rag Doll“. These new features were transmited in her kittens. Kittens did have the same features and characteristics as Josephina did. Mrs. Baker decided to attend the breeding of these extraordinary cats and she patented this cat´ breed of hers at American Patent Office. And because she was American and she was loyal to „American principles“ , she made a great business from cats´ breeding. What did Josephina said on it? Where were the tom-cat of Sacred Birma  lost? Nobody knows and the legend does not say it. You can see the frist Ragdolls´ pictures on the website: http://www.stamtavlor.net/rag.

It would have been pretty nice….., such fabulous intervention from Gods, and BEHOLD there  is a new breed! But we should actually ask: „Was really the history of the breed origin as easy as was described? And further: „ Were partaken in it only the breeds which were meant in the legends above?“ I actually have to make sad all legends admirer. The „path“ to creating of a new cat breed has been difficult and there surely have been even different  breeds which were not meant….. And in this case we do not have any legends and not only the legends. But many people became the legends namely: Ann Baker and Danny Dayton in US and Karin Huges-Dentler on the European „stage“. In the Czech Republic it was doubtless Mrs. Vladěna Frausová.

A legend in its origin is created by telling of real events and narrators usually add some, very often their own memories, which are not exact, so that a part of any legend is veritable.

The breed´origin is really refered in the mid 1960´s.  Ann Baker was really living in the city of Riverside in Southern California. Indeed, Mrs. Baker interbreeded her cat, so- called „Angora“, with a Sacred Birma´s tom-cat. But honestly, by the consequential research and pedigrees´ analysis was found out that the Ragdolls´ancestors were not cats of already standard breeds but they were cats which were the same in the phenotyp. So that these „first cats“ were „only“ similar to those standard ones.

We can read from the website of Ragdoll Fanciers Club International (RFCI) : „ At, that time, Ann (Baker) borrowed one of Josephina´s older sons to breed the offspring in her black Persians cats´ breeding programme. The tom-cat had a look of brown-black Persian cat and he was called „Blackie“. Once, during one of visit of hers, when she was borrowing Blackie, she saw Blackie´s brother. According to Ann´s words he looked like the Sacred Cat of Barma. The owner of the tom-cat trusted her and he lent this tom-cat to Ann. The tom-cat had kittens with her cat. One of their kittens was a tom-cat who was called Raggedy Ann Daddy Warbucks. Ann clearly said that Blackie and Daddy Warbucks were Josephina´s sons but they had different fathers, who were unknown and not proved by evidence . In a stitched book of IRCA is possible to read that Blackie´s father was a black tom-cat from the East of US and looked more like a Persian cat than a Sacred Cat of Barma. During the detailed interview, Ann Baker confirmed, that nobody had ever seen Daddy Warbucks´s father and Daddy had been the only kitten in Josephina´s extraordinary litter. This fact causes difficulties in searching for the breed origin further.“

If we peep into the genetic cards guided by Danny Dayton, to be specific to the year of 1993, we can find the Ragdolls´ ancestors: Josephine was paired with a tom-cat of Sacred Birma and Daddy Warbucks was born, seal mitted coloured. Daddy Warbucks had kittens with Josephina and Fugianna was born-seal bicolour coloured…..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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