Superstitions About Black Cats
(compiled by Glenda Moore)
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Superstition:  an irrational belief arising from ignorance or fear
  • A black cat seen from behind foretells a bad omen.
  • A black cat crossing one's path by moonlight means death in an epidemic. - Irish superstition
  • Fishermen's wives kept a black cat at home to prevent disaster at sea.
  • It is considered bad luck to pass a black cat after 9 pm
  • In North America, it's bad luck if a black cat crosses your path and good luck if a white cat crosses your path. In Britain and Ireland, it's the opposite.
  • If a black cat walks towards you, it brings good fortune, but if it walks away, it takes the good luck with it.
  • If a funeral procession encountered a black cat, they believed another member of the family would soon die.
  • Black cats carried demons.
  • Black cats have special powers and abilities.
  • A bride will have a happy married life if a black cat sneezes near her on her wedding day.
  • Back in ancient days, the Druids thought black cats were human beings.  These humans in cat form were being punished for evil deeds.
  • Some believed that black cats could fly on a broom stick.
  • Some believe black cats are witches in disguise.
  • Others believe black cats are witches' familiars (beings that aid witches in performing their craft).
  • Fisherman's wives kept black cats while their husbands went away to sea.  They believed that the black cats would prevent danger from occurring to their husbands.
  • It was largely in the Middle Ages that the black cat became affiliated with evil. Because cats are nocturnal and roam at night, they were believed to be supernatural servants of witches, or even witches themselves. Partly because of the cat's sleek movements and eyes that 'glow' at night, they became the embodiment of darkness, mystery, and evil, possessing frightening powers. If a black cat walked into the room of an ill person, and the person later died, it was blamed on the cat's supernatural powers. If a black cat crossed a person's path without harming them, this indicated that the person was then protected by the devil. Often times, a cat would find shelter with older women who were living in solitude. The cat became a source of comfort and companionship, and the old woman would curse anyone who mistreated it. If one of these tormentors became ill, the witch and her familiar were blamed.
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This list extracted from the larger article: Folklore, Superstitions, and Proverbs

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