Yes, in the Northwest Indian desert town of Deshnok, ship rats have their own temple. Dedicated to Karni Mata, a female political figure of the 14th - 15th c, the rats get houseroom due to a supposed promise that all her male descendants would be born as rats first at her temple, and then once through with ratly life, they got their turn at humanity. The local tribe, called Charans and writers and poets by nature, consider the temple rats their relatives.
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