For centuries black cats have been associated with bad luck. Let’s find out how those myths were born and why you should simply ignore them.
The superstition surrounding black cats goes back centuries, all the way to Greek mythology. In Greek stories, a servant named Galinthias turns into a black cat before joining the goddess of death – Hecate. This led to black cats becoming known as an omen of death.
In China, a black cat was a sign of hard times and poverty, and in Europe if a black cat jumped on a sick bed it was a sign that death was coming.
In the Middle Ages, black cats were associated with black magic and witchcraft. Pope Gregory XI published a document in 1233, the “Vox in Rama”, claiming that black cats were the incarnation of Satan. This led to the slaughter of a significant part of the cat population.
In the United States, the belief of witches transforming into black became a central belief in America during the Salem witch hunts and led to the killing of many black cats. Even now, in the 21st century the association of black cats and witches still remains strong during Halloween celebrations, even though the holiday’s religious beginnings.
But the black cat is not seen as a symbol of bad luck and evil in every culture. In fact, in some cultures, the black cat is a symbol of good luck. The Scottish believe that a black cat’s arrival to the home means prosperity. In the English Midlands, if a bride receives a black cat as a wedding present it is thought to bring good luck to the bride.
Myths and superstitions are just excessively credulous belief in and reverence for the supernatural. Black cats are just like other kitties!
Writing this post about black cats reminded me of my angel Nino. Many years ago when I was just a child we had a black cat named Nino. He was the sweetest and most patient cat I ever met and I still miss him today!
Do you have a black cat in your life?
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