The Birman, also known as the Sacred Cat of Burma, is a strikingly beautiful and unusual breed. A famous legend is the only explanation we have for their colouring. One hundred pure white cats lived in the Burmese temple of Lao-Tsun. One night the temple was raided and the oldest priest was killed. His pure white cat, Sinh, jumped on the body of his master and the priest’s soul entered the cat, and as it did so the white hair of his body became golden (like the Temple goddess), his legs, face, ears and tail became earth coloured and his paws remained white as a symbol of purity.