We’re sure that you have heard of this superstition before – It is bad luck if a black cat crosses your path. How did this come about?
In some countries or cultures, black cats are believed to bring good luck or prosperity, but the widespread superstition is that black cats are harbingers of doom. Just exactly what have they done to deserve such bad reputation?
As it turns out, absolutely nothing. They just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time, and well, the bad name just sort of stuck. You see, back in the middle ages, the whole of Europe basically went on a witch hunt. Of course, we know that it was a load of bullsh*t, but back then, it was a convenient way to blame someone else for any misfortune. You didn’t have a good harvest this year? Must be witchcraft. Your wife can’t seem to conceive? Obviously the work of an evil witch. Your kid fell sick? Yup – you guess it – a witch’s doing. As a result, women accused of practicing witchcraft were subjected to torture, execution, and even being burnt alive at the stake!
According to records, most of the accused were poor or widowed women, or women who lived alone. It so happens that these women also liked to feed stray cats, which led people to believe that cats must be associated with witchcraft in some way. From then on, other wild misconceptions started springing up, like how cats are evil spirits that serves witches and that witches can transfigure into cats.