• In 1183, a Chinese Poet Describes Being Domesticated by His Own Cats

    10 days ago - By Open Culture

    Here in Korea, where I live, cat owners aren't called cat owners: they're called goyangi jibsa , literally "cat butlers." Clearly the idea that felines have flipped the domestic-animal script, not serving humans but being served by humans, transcends cultures. It also goes far back in history: witness the 12th-century verses recently tweeted out in translation by writer Xiran Jay Zhao , in which "Song dynasty poet Lu You " - one of the most prolific literary artists of his time and place - "poem-liveblogged his descent from cat owner to cat slave."
    The story begins in 1138, writes Zhao...
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