HISTORY OF BLACK CATS AND FRIDAY THE 13TH

ORIGINS The fear of Friday the 13th has a long history, and black cats have always been associated with the day as a bad omen.  The superstition revolving around this day may have started in the Middle Ages and is of course associated with Christianity.  At Jesus’s last supper there were 13 apostles on the […]

Cat Superstitions by Country

Throughout history cats have been seen as magical mystical creatures that are often times feared and sometimes revered.  Man’s emotional response, whether positive or negative, has given the cat an important place in superstition and folklore throughout the world. Most cat superstitions came into being during the 12th and 13th centuries. Due to the infamous […]

Myths and Superstitions: Halloween and Black Cats

The assimilation of Pagan and Christian rites would come in the form of Samhain, an ancient Celtic festival and precursor of today’s Halloween. Halloween and black cats have been bound together because of the cats’ pagan ties which originated in Ancient Egypt.    Samhain celebrated the end of summer harvest, marking the beginning of the […]

Myths and Superstitions: Cats and Death

  The following is an excerpt from The Penguin Guide to the Superstitions of Britain and Ireland by Steve Roud. In many areas of Britain and Ireland, when a death occurred in a house, the family cats and dogs would be removed immediately: The household companions of dog and cat were rigidly excluded from the […]

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