The Cat on the Dovrefjell Christmas Story

An ancient Nordic Christmas tale The Cat on the Dovrefjell Christmas Story was retold by Peter Christen Asbjørnsen and Jørgen Moe in Norske Folkeeventyr, published 1841. Once upon a time there was a man up in Finnmark who had caught a great white bear, which he was going to take to the King of Denmark. […]

The Legend of the Yule Cat

The legend of the Yule Cat is a Christmas story that is celebrated and told to Icelandic children even today. Every year a large Christmas cat is erected in the Laekjartorg square in Reykjavik.   Based on Icelandic folklore, the poem, The Christmas Cat, written by the poet Jóhannes úr Kötlum (1899-1972), describes a gigantic […]

How the Willows Came to be Called Pussy Willows

From The Sacred Heart Review, Volume 15, Number 15, 11 April 1896 The legend of cats and pussy willows.  There was once a great city in Asia which was built so long ago that even the name of the city and of its people has been forgotten and everything else about it except one little […]

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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