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From East the Sun rises - crimson red and patched orange cloudy skies... Emancipating the ancient native Kurdish people of the valleys, gorges, rivers and mountains of Kurdistan...

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Kurdish National Pride: Pişika Wanê - The Van Cat

Pişika Wanê - The Van Cat
According to Amberin Zaman, Los Angeles Times: http://www.swimmingcats.com/vanarticle3.htm
Raping Kurdish Culture
"The Turkish state wants to wipe out everything that symbolizes Kurdish culture,'' Florian Cremer, a representative of the group, charged in a recent interview with the Turkish weekly Aydinlik. "The cats are Kurdish, and the Turkish authorities are unable to digest this.'' Experts remain divided on the origins of this exotic breed, which has snow-white fur and usually one blue and one green eye. It loves to swim in Van's huge lake and is said to behave more like a dog than a cat.
The Legend
Local legend has it that the felines were part of Noah's cargo and left the ark when the flood waters receded and the vessel came to rest on the peak of Mount Ararat, about 100 miles northeast of the city of Van.
Perhaps the oversight was Noah's. According to legend, the famous ark architect and animal lover was having a hard time keeping his passengers calm as their vessel approached dry land on the slopes of Mount Ararat, located in a remote area of North Kurdistan. After several months aboard a wooden ship crammed full of animals, you can understand why the passengers were a bit anxious to get ashore. Two cats, smarter and a tad more wily than their fellow animals, snuck past Noah's guard and leapt into the flood waters to swim ashore.
Some Van Cats have a color patch between the shoulder blades called the "Mark of Allah"-the place where Allah touched the cats on their way from the Ark. This "thumbprint of god" is considered to be good luck in Moslem countries. Other distinguishing marks include the five to eight, faint ring-markings on the tail. Some Vans sport eyes of different colors - one amber, one blue.
The Mongol Van Cat
Now, apparently in response to the Germans, Turkish nationalists have been quoted in recent news reports as insisting that Van cats, like the latter-day Turks, came from Central Asia. Denying the Kurds' existence as a distinct ethnic group and repressing their culture has been state policy since the founding of the Turkish republic more than 70 years ago.
The Van cat can be found all over the Serhed area of Kurdistan - but especialy in Van, it's hometown.
Kurdish Cats
Are Van cats becoming pawns in the politics of eastern Turkey? Last October, a German animal welfare group issued a report stating Vans were being killed for political purposes throughout the region. Turkish officials vehemently denied the account.
The Duesseldorf group, called SOS Van Cats Rescue Action, charged that Turkish soldiers were killing Vans because of the breeds' association with the Kurds and Kurdish culture. The Kurds of eastern Turkey, including the Lake Van region, have long sought independence from Turkey, and until recently separatist Kurdish rebels in the region waged a 15-year battle with the Turkish army.
"The Turkish state wants to wipe out everything that symbolizes Kurdish culture," said Florian Cremer, a spokesperson for the group. "The cats are Kurdish, and Turkish authorities are unable to digest this."


At 11:14 PM, Blogger Mizgîn said...

Considering that Turk fascists recently objected to official nomenclature of certain animals, I am not surprised that they are also trying to take over the Wan cat.

I am angry that they would go so far as to kill the cats. This is indicative of true self-induced mental illness.

Thanks for the information!

At 2:35 PM, Blogger Dara Sor said...

Your welcome - and I hope people start understanding that the Deep State is more than political oppression!

This isn't about Kurds not being allowed to say they are KURDISH - this is an ETHNOCIDE - they are trying to whipe out Kurdish culture...

They have been trying for 80 + years - still Kurds stand strong...

Bijît Kurd û Kurdistan...

At 3:30 PM, Blogger Piling said...

psikên bedew ! lê çima tu bi rengê spî dinivîsî ? Xwendin zor e ! :=

At 8:38 PM, Blogger Dara Sor said...

LOL! Very good, Piling... Impressive... But the again - you are quite impressive! ;)

I write with white because it is the color of Purity... It is the color of the innocent... That is why...

At 5:01 PM, Blogger NicoleW said...

Hi, a nice blog you have here... You will surely get an bookmark :) Fleshlight

At 10:31 AM, Blogger Charles Chapman said...

Just wanted to let you know that I linked to your blog on my website:
The Is-Ought Problem

You will find the link in the left-hand column under Kurdistan Blogs.

At 5:11 PM, Blogger Dara Sor said...

Thank you, it's an honor! And I added you to my list! =)

And since I'm already here comment I wanna say to everybody;

I am sorry I haven't been too active lately - studying at the university has it's toll...

But I have a lot more to come - and so many ideas... So hold in there with me! ;)

At 11:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice blog! A friend recently told me that my cat is a Van cat, and so I googled it and see that my pure-white cat appears to be exactly like what is described as a Van cat, even with one blue eye and one amber eye, and hind legs longer than the front ones, an voracious hunter, and more dog-like than cat-like, if that's possible. Anyway, I'm wondering if she's a Van or not; previously I thought she was simply an albino (she's deaf too), but how did a Van get to Poland? --Mike, self@poczta.fm

At 9:57 PM, Blogger Dara Sor said...

Thank you for dropping by!

Now the test is; Does it like to swim? If it DOES, it is a Van Cat :)

You have probably tried bathing it, right? Does he/she like it?

MANY Van cats were exported to Europe - because they are a rare species and worth a fortune to the right people... Germany and Britain along with France probably being the largest "markeds" for cat trafficing...

You should try making her/him swim... If she/he likes it - then it's definetly a Van Cat... =)

At 4:29 AM, Anonymous philip said...

Hi, Dara! How are you these days? Things are sure DEAD at our lil ol' MEIC place, huh?

Remember: "You are Turks, too!" lol!

At 9:10 PM, Blogger Dara Sor said...


Hiya Philip! :)

How nice of you to drop by! - I haven't been too bothered by MEIC being down - so far... I have had a lot of university stuff to do - assignments etc. And exams are coming up! "Quick! Sombody hide me!". LOL =)

At 11:40 PM, Blogger Goran Sadjadi said...

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