Guarding the Tomato Temple

by Pasadena Adjacent


“The Siamese cat originated from Thailand, formerly known as Siam. These cats were held in such high esteem in their native country that no one except the King and members of the royal family were permitted to own them. They were originally known as Royal points.

Written records reveal that Siamese cats, in their country of origin, were venerated as guardians of the temples. When a person of high rank died, it was usual to select one of these cats to receive the dead person’s soul. The cat was then removed from the royal household and sent to one of the temples to spend the rest of its days living a ceremonial life of great luxury, with monks and priests as its servants. These cats were reputed to eat the finest foods from gold plate and to recline on cushions made of the most opulent materials, which had been provided by the departed one’s relatives in an attempt to receive good fortune and blessings. Once they became temple cats, they were supposed to have special powers and could intercede for the soul of the dead person.”

Fairy Dust Siamese Cattery

Now the Temple guards Twyla. And the cat lives in luxery; including a garden of edible delights.

Having recently visited the Norton Simon Museum on free night friday, the editor discovered that some forms of art are best celebrated at a distance. But that was not the reason for her visit. We at Pasadena Adjacent came for the Norton Simon’s recent acquisition. One not accustomed too, or appriciated by the masses favoring those culturally sanctioned block busters. Thank you Jesus – say cheese.

We were there to visit an intricately carved and painted screen from one of the many ornate temples of Kerala, located in Southern India. Part of an exhibition called “Tales of the Blue Lord” An 18th century  illustrative Temple Wall with Scenes of Krishna’s Life.

The true predecessors to those brightly colored paintings emulated in the contemporary printings of the Bhagavad Gita; AND the chosen color palate for Twyla’s newly painted tomato towers.