Many centuries ago by a sparkling lake, in a valley surrounded by
majestic mountains, the temple of Lao-Tsun was guarded by 100
yellow-eyed white cats with long silken hair. The temple housed a
beautiful golden goddess with sapphire blue eyes who watched over the
transmutation of souls. The head monk, Mun-ha, whose beard had been
braided with gold by the enlighten one, often knelt in meditation before
the golden goddess,Tsun-Kyan-Kse. At his side was his faithful and
beloved companion, a beautiful temple cat named Sinh. Sinh would always
shared in his master's meditation. As the monk meditated, Sinh would
gaze steadily at the golden goddess beautiful sapphire blue eyes.
One night as the moon rose, Mun-ha was in communion with the sacred
goddess, Tsun-Kyan-Kse. He was deep in a transcendental state. So deep
was his devotion, that he suffered no pain when the temple was attacked
by marauders and Mun-ha was killed. At the moment of his masters death,
Sinh placed his paws upon the monk's flowing robes and faced the golden
goddess. Instantly, an amazing transformation took place. The hairs of
Sinh's white fur were as though misted with a golden glow which radiated
from the beautiful golden goddess. Her deep sapphire blue eyes became
Sinh very own. His face, ears, legs and tail became the velvety brown
color of rich earth, but his four paws resting gently on his master,
remained perfect white, a symbol of purity. The next morning the temple
radiated with the transformation of the remaining ninety-nine white cats
which with Sinh reflected the golden hue of a hundred brilliant
sunrises. Sinh did not move from his place He stayed on the spot of his
masters death, and gazed fervently into the sapphire eyes of the
goddess. Exactly seven days later Sinh died carrying with him into
Nirvana the soul of his beloved master,the monk Mun-ha.
A veil of mystery surrounding this initial background of the Birmans.
According to the explorer, Auguste Pavie who made a study of this
subject stated the pointed cats of all colors, some mitted and some not,
can be seen in todays temples.
He believes that because the numerous wars waged in Northern Burma by
the Siamese and the Annamites through out history, that it is very
likely that the origin of the Birman evolved from a cross between the
Siamese cat and the Annamites cats. But as with all legends there is am
element of truth. How much truth only the Birman knows and that is a
secret that will be eternally theirs. ...