On Peanut, The Three-Eyed Cat

As I have been preparing numerous essays on the late Contessa Llwaxanna Loveless Von Bralispth, I have been receiving numerous comments and emails requesting to know more about Peanut, the Contessa’s beloved feline, said to be the longest living cat in recorded history. She writes in her autobiography, “Ever my dearest as mine own child, with love and devotion. Always here when I am in deepest despair, for my comfort. He layeth beside me as I weep for my beloved husband, the day Igor died and was no more. How faithful doth be Peanut whilst I felt as life held naught but emptiness.” She continues, “As I stroke his coat whilst his sound doeth purr in the night, two eyes closed, while the third erst roaming, moving from side to side, open, eying me, my hand stroking his belly, tail doth moving. How I love thee, my faithful Peanut (r. Aluna)”

taiwan_aborigine.jpgThe Contessa first encountered this amazing feline while in Northern Taiwan (see map of Taiwan), a place inhabited by an aboriginal people who are agrarian in nature, short in stature, dark skinned with deep set oval eyes that look more Polynesian or Mongolian than Chinese. Recent archaeological expeditions in the twentieth century have shown evidence that they may have migrated to the island from some other area than now populated by the mainland. Called the Goan-Chu-Bin, “original inhabitants” (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taiwanese_ aborigines), and picture.

How the Contessa came to this island will be the subject of another essay. She describes in her book, “I doth came to this odd looking shaped hut dwelled by a farmer toiling the rice and peanuts, short, round, a glimmer of peace and serenity in his sight. He was carrying a bag of burlap, as some burden and great weight which moved from side to side. I asked him as I used the woman who knew of his dialect, chou chung chu, what doth move in this bag? He responded, ‘a three eyed kitten, who I must sacrifice to the god, Yu-qiang (a god of the sea), for he is an unlucky omen.’” The Contessa responded, “May I behold his image?” He said, “It would be bad luck to cast your eyes on him.” Beg your pardon? said the Contessa. “In my travels across India, I have learned that the third eye notes wisdom and knowledge.” The farmer took the kitten out and revealed him to the Contessa.

rukai_chief.jpgThe kitten be-ith of Silver gray, the Contessa writes, beautifully formed in every way, but doth posses three eyes. Two green in its proper place, one on the forehead, slightly smaller than the others, perfectly formed of pale blue. May I possess him? What can I offer thee in his sted for your trouble? Naught said the farmer, your devotion and respect for life is recompense enough. You may have him for keep. My crop has been fertile this year, perhaps this be a good omen. I hope he servith you well and give you contentment. May the god, Shou-lao accompany you always.

With that the Contessa took the kitten and named him that day, Peanut to honor the farmer and his fertile crop. In all her expeditions throughout Europe and Asia she never went anywhere without taking Peanut. “The people I doth encountered grew with love for Peanut, and were learned not to fear him for his odd looking gaze. 3eyedpeanut_v1.jpgChildren would wait to lay their touch on him, as his nature was ever gentle, as if blessed by knowledge and wisdom that expressed respect and love of life. He was the most content living thing I have ever known, and he made me a better, more understanding soul for it. That is why I doth hold him so dear”, the Contessa writes.

So goes “the tail” of how the Contessa Llwaxanna Loveless Von Bralispth found her most beloved and cherished companion Peanut, as the length of his life and hers were blessed by the god Shou-lao (an ancient Taoist god of long life). She lived to be 108, he was close to 60 years. A truly remarkable cat.

* above picture: Peanut, the three-eyed cat, drawn by Contessa Llwaxanna Loveless Von Bralispth, a reproduction, of course, of an original of her beloved cat, drawn in 1639.