What is the real ancestry of Grumpy Cat?

by Pieter Uys

Bawe-Mara 17: 58 — 61. "Had it depended on me, would I have summarily annulled ye. Now await the flames, the coals, the lightning, the deadening cold, the blades, the stings, the fangs, the claws, the whips, the cats o’nine tails, the suffocating sulphur and the bitter regret for to burn the wickedness from yer hearts."


Sumerian bass relief with eye inlays of Lapis Lazuli from Nippur, circa 2050 BCE. Inscription: Princess Pu-Abi, servant of Prophetess Bawe, the Great Bitter One.


The cat depicted here most resembles the Wichien-Maat (Traditional, Old style Siamese or Thai cat). Grumpy Cat is a ‘Snowshoe,’ a type claimed to have been bred from crossing Siamese with other breeds in the United States in the 20th century. Yet this so-called Snowshoe definitely carries the genes of some ancient Eastern breed.


In the land of Shumer, in the city of Nippur / Nibru, lived the great Sumerian prophetess of doom, popularly known as Mara. That however, was an honorific title from the Akkadian language, meaning The Bitter One. It is now thought that the personal name of the prophetess was something like Kubawa, Kubawe, Bawe or Bawa.

MARA by Pieter du Plessis

According to the writings of her followers, the Sumerian prophetess Bawe-Mara obtained her cat Princess Pu-Abi from an admirer who had travelled to the Far East.


Bawe-Mara lived in the reign of Ur-Nammu (Ur-Engur), ca. 2112-2094 BC and perhaps into the reign of Shulgi of Ur, the second king of the Sumerian Renaissance. He reigned for 48 years and completed the construction of the Great Ziggurat of Ur.

According to the writings of her followers, the Sumerian prophetess BaweMara obtained her cat Princess Pu-Abi from an admirer who had travelled to the far eastern land of “Siyāmu” or Ki Si-Aŋ. And the prophetess writes in her Hymn 35 about:

“Purple dye of Kinanu, eastern voyages to fabulous Siyaamu!”


According to Prof. Alfred V Kruger, an expert in the Epic of Gilgamesh, Mara’s “Siamese cat” prowled the streets of Ur, Erech, Lagash, Kish and Nippur at night to obtain gossip and scandal that the prophetess used to condemn people. In particular, the story of Enkidu’s tryst with the courtesan Samhat was relayed to Mara by the kitteh. Thence also Mara’s acerbic criticism of Gilgamesh and Enkidu in the Epic of Gilgamesh.

According to Prof Kruger, this cat, Princess Pu-Abi, roamed the land “with RADAR ears” and reported all to Mara. Therefore, the people thought that Mara was clairvoyant and they feared her. That is also why she never had a good word for Kings Ur Engur or Shulgi yet they treated her with the utmost respect. She was given a mansion on a hill in an upper class suburb of Nippur and many servants. As Prof Kruger states: “The kings trembled at her supposed omniscience.”


Why do we maintain that Grumpy Cat is a descendent of Princess Pu-Abi?

The evidence is indisputable. Compare the following statements of Grumpy Cat with the corresponding verses from The Condemnation of Mara.


MARA 177:9. Lo! Rejoice on the commemoration of thine birthday for thou knowest thou art one year closer to the greedy grave that licketh its lips in anticipation of thine tasty corpse.


Mara 189:17. Lo, and should thou be cursed with a long life, then assuredly shall the loneliness gnaw on thee when all thine loved ones have passed into the Abzu. Sela.


MARA 12: 77 – 83. Embrace thine inevitable demise, rejoice thou thee there-in. Hold the thought thereof close to thine heart. Let it naught stray but extoll it at thine going out and thine coming in, yeah, as thou sinkest into sleep and as thou risest into wakefulness. Praise thou then Life that s/he created death and rules it. Sela.


MARA 17: 55 – 61. Verily be ye excessively evil, yeah, corrupt from crown to sole. And besides that, be ye foolish to take instructions from Tiamat which dwelleth within ye. Had it depended on me, would I have summarily annulled ye. Now await the flames, the coals, the lightning, the smoke, the deadening cold, the blades, the fangs, the claws, the whips, the cats o’nine tails, the suffocating sulphur and the bitter regret for to burn – step by step – the wickedness from yer hearts.

MARA 1:1 When thou awakest in the morning, rejoice! For thou art one day closer to the hour of thy death.

MARA 27: 17- 19. Hark! Thou mayest attempt to banish the thought with beer or snuff. Lo, by piety or debauchery. In vain! Every day it comes closer, with grabbing paws and greedy jaws. Sela.

Do we really need to provide more proof? Mara’s book is filled with this kind of sentiment, sometimes elegantly stated: MARA 27:4. Verily shall oblivion own thee, truly shall death alone love thee. And sometimes stated with unimaginable psychological cruelty: MARA 178: 21 - 29. Ye are perishing. Not only every one of ye sinners but also yer nations and yer tongues. Behold, a day will arise when yer land with its mountains, pastures and streams will exist still, without any trace of yer tongue, yer culture or yer achievements. Verily will the earth swallow yer clay tablets, yer ornaments and yer skeletons. Give heed to mine words. In that day, strangers using a strange tongue will possess yer land without any knowledge of ye. If ye be lucky, a few learned men will understand parts of yer tongue. And all of that will take place when ye are being mercilessly tormented and chastised in the abyss. Sela.


Where was Siyāmu or Ki Si-Aŋ?

For reference, see Hymn 35 where Mara refers to “eastern voyages to fabulous Siyaamu”. However, in footnote 5 we are informed: “A legendary kingdom which was situated even further to the east than Meluxxa (India/Indus Valley Civilization), about which many stories were told in

Shumer, e.g. that the people had cat-eyes and ate insects, that the cats had blue eyes and made canine sounds, and similar nonsense that was only believed by the most credulous people of Shumer.” Much hinges on the Sumerian word for ‘fabulous’ but we do not yet know the language well enough to discern the subtler nuances.


So we did some research. Please keep in mind that Mara lived and wrote around 2000BCE.



WIKIPEDIA: “Also spelled Siem, Syâm or Syâma, it has been identified with the Sanskrit Śyâma ( ). The names Shan and A-hom seem to be variants of the same

word, and Śyâma is possibly not its origin but a learned and artificial distortion.[16] According to Gerini it appears in Ptolemy's Samarade = Sâmaraṭṭha. See Gerini, Ptolemy, p. 170. But Samarade is located near Bangkok and there can hardly have been Tais there in Ptolemy's time”

Wichien-Maat (Traditional, Old style Siamese or Thai cat)


In her popular and famous geography Death in All Directions, the prophetess mentions only the Kushu Mountains beyond Meluxxa, and warns the traveller against “jungles infested by cannibals. “The Himalayan is related to the Persian whilst the similar looking Birman (not Burmese) comes from Northern Burma and the Siamese of course originates from Thailand. All three may have blue eyes, whilst the first two always have long hair. Thus, we have the following possibilities: Mara’s unknown devotee who gave her Princess Pu-Abi  really travelled to what later became known as Burma and/or Thailand where he obtained the kitten  visited the Yunnan Valley in China where the Thai people lived then  obtained the kitten in the land of Meluxxa (Indus Valley Civilization) whither it might have been brought by marine merchants from IndoChina OR it might have been bred there as a cross between a Siamese and a Himalayan  acquired the kitten on the island of Sri Lanka (Sinhāla in Sanskrit) which might have been mistaken for the fabled Siyāmu or Ki Si-Aŋ.

Birman (not Burmese) from Burma



Himalayan from Iran, Eastern Anatolia, Afghanistan.

The Himalayan is related to the Angoran/Persian whilst the similar looking Birman (not Burmese) comes from Northern Burma and both types of Siamese of course originate from Thailand. Please also consult the bibliography below, in particular Mother of all cats lived in Mesopotamia 130,000 years ago by David Derbyshire, to get an idea of the complexity of the situation. In fairness, the prophetess’ other cat deserves at least a mention.

The Beloved Mara of Nippur cleansed minds. Mara's Great Hymn of Exorcism got rid of every neurosis, every psychosis and all known entities. Her black cat cleared the fields of Shumer from all sorts of infestations and pestilences. It was an expert Exorcist, just like Mara.

A modern day descendant of Mara’s black cat, Ģündi, who kept the fields around Nippur free of rodents.


Ancient Literary Criticism of the Epic of Gilgamesh by Mara

Death in all Directions by Mara.

Derbyshire, David. Mother of all cats lived in Mesopotamia 130,000 years ago

Himne 35 van die Sumeriese Profetes Mara.

Kruger, Alfred V. Historiese Paralelle tussen die karakters van Enkidu en Humbába in die Epos van Gilgámeŝ.

Prehistory of the cat
http://felineforever.com/cat-prehistory.html Archaeologists have recovered the remains of cats from digs near Jericho (thought to be the world's first city) which they consider could be 9,000 year old! These cats may simply have lived near to human habitations, but it is harder to discount the discovery of a carefully preserved cat in the grave of a Neolithic man found on the island of Cyprus dated to around 5000-5500BC. The cat was clearly important to have been buried with the human but we cannot tell whether the cat was domesticated, pre-domesticated or a wild animal with a totemic or religious association. However, cats were not native to Cyprus, so that cat must have been transported there by humans in the first place! The cat specimen is larger than a domestic cat but bears a close resemblance to the African wildcat the probable ancestor of the domestic cat. There are a number of interesting finds from the Indus valley dating to between 5000BC and 3000BC which include cat bones and the imprint of cat tracks in the mudbricks they used in construction. In Hacilar (Turkey) archaeologists discovered statuettes depicting women carrying cats or catlike creatures (some dispute whether they are in fact cats) in their arms. The statuettes are generally dated to around 5000-4000BC and it is often proposed that these cats were domesticated and so these statuettes may form the earliest known oldest known depictions of pet cats. Feline skeletal remains have also been found in the Neolithic sites of Santa Verna Temple and Xemxija on Malta dated to around the same period.


A special word of gratitude to Pieter du Plessis for the arresting portrait of Mara on page 3.