Black cats throughout history have been the most
castigated animals of all time, being tagged as an unlucky omen.
Black cats as mythical creatures have appeared besides the likes
of witches, and thus have been seen as mysterious and evil.
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According to superstitious beliefs, when you are walking along
the road and a black cat suddenly crosses your path, a misfortune
might befall on you.
And, in some countries, killing black cats that cross your path
is aborting the ill luck that might happen to you.
Truly the world evolves around two opposite forces. If a black
cat on the one side of the world suffers misfortune at the hands
of those who believe they are an abomination, in the other part
of the world, black cats are treated as demigods. The origin of
having black cat as a good luck is believed to have started in ancient
Oagans-Bast was a sacred black cat god in the monotheistic belief
system of ancient Egypt. The people who worshipped this god courted
and offered favors by acquiring black cats into their households,
in the belief that somehow the spirit of their god might come in
the body of the black cat that they had, therefore blessing them
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Color truly plays a big role in this world of ours. In world race
relations over the centuries, wars have been fought and battles
have been won over the issue of color. People often associate color
with a certain behavior and personalities, judging and punishing
according to their preferential options.
In Sumatra, there is a belief that in order to quench the folks
of the long drought brought about by the long summer, a black
cat must be found and thrown into the river. While the folks line
up at the river bank, they will watch the poor feline swim to
its exhaustion, and when exhausted they will let the almost-drowned
black cat be allowed to get out of the water.
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The women of the village then run chasing the unfortunate black
cat while throwing water over themselves and onto the running animal.
This scenario is supposed to bring rain to the drought-ridden village.
This is a tradition of good luck to the villagers, and a predicament
of misfortune to the black cat.
People in the early Christian era also practiced beliefs that put
black cats in a dim light. Pilgrims grew suspicious that anything
dark or colored black as being of the devil, and to be a part of
sorcery. These fundamentalists consisted of Europeans and Englishmen
who were a deeply apprehensive group.
Hunting suspected witches was their main endeavor, and they also
killed the witch's companion (which they believed was the black
cat). Anyone caught with a black cat was assumed to be evil, and
should receive the punishment of death.
Even farmers in that era had a negative view of black cats. It
is said that if a farmer believes that his farm was cursed and
put under a spell, the only solution was to shoot and kill a black
cat using a silver bullet.
Spirited Debate ...
During Halloween, black cats need to be kept indoors. To this day,
some people believe that during Halloween evil spirits use a black
cat's body to manifest into the human world, and therefore killing
the feline is killing that bad spirit.
The vast majority of people today do not associate any negative
properties with black cats. But, because the mythology lives on
and a few disturbed individuals will act upon it, it is wise for
owners of black cats to take special precautions towards keeping
their kitties safe.