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ARE BLACK CATS BAD LUCK?
Many people around the globe believe that black cats bring bad luck, especially when they cross one’s path. These silly superstitions date way back.
In Ancient Egypt though, black cats were worshipped, just like their more colorful buddies. The Ancient Egyptian god of cats, called Bastet, was often portrayed as a woman with the head of a black cat.
In Celtic mythology however, a legend existed about a creature called the Cat Sìth. The Cat Sìth was said to resemble a large black cat with a white spot on its chest. Legend has it that the Cat Sìth could steal a person’s soul before the gods could claim it, by passing over a corpse before the burial. Watches were organized to keep the mythical creature away from the corpses.
In the Middle Ages in Europe, black cats were often associated with witches. In the 1560s in Lincolnshire, England, on a moonless night a father and son were travelling when a black cat crossed their path. They pelted the cat with rocks, until the poor animal fled into the home of a woman who at the time was being accused of being a witch. The next day, the father and son saw the woman who lived in the house. She was limping and bruised, so they assumed witches could turn into black cats at night to roam around unobserved.
This belief spread to the USA with the first settlers and was held firmly during the Salem witch trials.
Even today many people think black cats bring bad luck. Around Halloween for example, black cats are portrayed on all sorts of decorative items, often accompanied by witches.
Due to the superstitions surrounding the black cat, these friendly felines remain in shelters much longer than other cats. Therefore, black cats are the first to be euthanized. Part of the problem seems to be the current selfie craze, as black cats are often harder to make out in pictures due to their dark fur.
In other countries, black cats are more lucky. In parts of Asia, especially in Japan, black cats are considered good luck. And in the English Midlands, black cat figurines are considered great wedding gifts and are believed to bring luck to the bride.
Black cats are amazing creatures that deserve just as much love as any other cat. Help us end the negative superstitions that still surround the black cat in many parts of the world.
FACEBOOK BLACK CAT WALL
We are collecting pictures and films of black cats from around the world to make one huge visual statement on our Facebook page.
If you are a proud owner of a black cat,
please send us one or more pictures/films of your cat by uploading it here. Thank you in advance!
Don’t own a black cat, but know someone who does? Just give them a little nudge - they’ll be glad you did!