Legend has it that many centuries ago the Sun begged the Moon to cover him for a while, so that he could have the chance to leave the heavens and wander freely around Earth. The Sun no longer wanted to be the center of the universe and wanted to be able to go unnoticed among all the living creatures.
The Sun insisted so much that on a bright June morning the Moon slowly started moving towards him until she covered his light. The movement was slow, so that the creatures below wouldn't be surprised by the sudden darkness.
As soon as the Sun could step down from his place, he headed towards Earth. To avoid calling attention to itself, the Sun took the body of the fastest and most discreet creature around: a black cat.
The Moon quickly grew tired of covering for the Sun and, without warning, started to recede. The Sun noticed this and in his haste to return to his place, he left behind thousands of rays in his mortal host.
To this day, the cats we call tortoiseshell are the descendants of that black cat that long ago hosted the sun during his visit to Earth. Today we can still see hints of the sun in the patches of red, yellow and orange that cover their coats. The split face on some of these cats is further evidence of their dual nature: half cat, half heavenly star.
Some folks say that their solar origin grants these special cats magical properties, they are said to bring good luck and attract positive energy. Also, these cats are very loved and appreciated in Oriental countries. It's common knowledge that whoever possesses one should cherish and treasure her.