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The Black cat is just what the name is…a black cat, a cat who has black fur. It does not have to be any particular breed, it can be purebred or it can be mixed. The black color is a help to the cat that hunts at night but if we take a look into history then we will see that cats that have all black fur were considered many times to be symbols of evil (there are a few cultures where they were omens of good luck). Strangely enough, it seems that these superstitions have never really gone away even in the modern society that we live in; it is a fact that there is a lower adoption rate for black cats in American shelters then those that have other colors. That is strange.


Back in the day, black cats were strongly associated with evil and witchcraft. If we take a look at Hebrew and Babylonian folklore, we can see that black cats were symbolic of serpents coiled on a hearth; in ancient Egypt the cat was worshiped and when the family cat died the whole family went into mourning and the cat’s body got mummified. The Romans came along and they saw the cat much in the same way, it was them that introduced the cat to Europe. Because of the all the worshipping going on, the cat at that time was considered a sign of good luck especially if a black one crossed your path; it was the church that started to ruin things for the black cat, the Church started to associate them with witchcraft, black cats and sometimes even white cats had started to get a bad name.

By the 17th century the black cat was associated with witchcraft and instead of being something that was worshiped it was feared. The countries where the black cat suffered the most were the countries that had witch hunts.

There were a few countries however that still considered the black cat to be a god sign, in Scotland a strange black cat on your porch was the sign of prosperity soon to come; fisherman’s women kept black cats believing that the black cat prevented anything bad happening to their loved one while he was at sea…but then again in Ireland a black cat that crosses your path in the moonlight meant that illness was going to come. In Romania and Moldavia and even in the Czech Republic the superstition of a black cat crossing your path bringing bad luck is still alive and healthy even today!

The Black cat in a fighting stance was adopted as an anarchist symbol; more specifically the black cat was adopted as the symbol for a specific branch of anarchism that focused on workers rights.

The belief that the black cats bring bad luck once had a very strong hold on the American culture, but not so much today…they once believed that a black cat crossing your path was bad luck but it brought good luck if you let one into your house.

There is a legend about the black cat and sports; a team were winning the game when a black cat came in and circled around a third baseman, to say the least they lost that game miserably.
Back at America’s beginning, black cats were thought to be the friends of witches, those who practiced witchcraft many times owned a black cat, and they used those black cats, sometimes to help participate in the ritual sometimes as a sacrifice. There were trials were the witch’s ownership of the cat was taken seen as evidence of Satanic association…some of those cats were even burned alive with their owners during those trials. It is thought that even today there are groups that engage in the ritualistic sacrificing of cats, some think that is urban legend, some think that it really happens, but most witches that you meet these days keep black cats as pets…as sacred pets.

So are they evil or are they good? Depending on what country you go to and ask that question you will get people telling you that they are the most evil of creatures and are to be avoided, other will tell you that they are just animals and should be treated no differently then any other cat. I myself am of the second opinion; which is yours?

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