Why do black cats have a bad reputation?

Misfortune, bad luck, death, defeat, failure… Black cats are associated with all sorts of unfortunate events. But for what reasons?

Since a long time, the black cat is surrounded by demonism and bound to all sorts of evil spells. A fate that fell on him and has not left him, despite the many centuries he has gone through. However, things have not always been so for the feline in the black dress. Indeed, the black cat was particularly surrounded by a reverence in ancient Egypt. The Egyptians considered him a divine being and showed him all kinds of respect. But this status, the black cat has lost it since the Middle Ages. Something that time has not dulled (if it has not contributed to strengthening it). Even today, they are linked to all kinds of superstitions. But where does all this come from?

It all started in the 8th century

We are in the 8th century, in what will become the Europe we know today. the Christianity was still struggling to establish its domination and expansion still encountered obstacles. Because, pagan cults dominated. So will begin a real fight against these cults and everything related to it. To make it easier for loyal fighters, the sovereign pontiff fate of the texts which will make it possible to identify these attributes.

black cat witchcraft

We find there in particular the cat which is taxed with an earthly incarnation of the devil.

Thus began the fight against the black cat. A belief that color symbolism will unfortunately strengthen. Black is thus associated with the negative, with evil and with everything related to the devil.

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The black cat, companion of witches and attribute of satanic rituals

This stigma of which the black cat is a victim will deepen over time, especially around the 15th and 16th century. A time when the story of witches wreaked havoc and everything related to them fell out of favor. The black cat has become, in the popular imagination, the loyal companion of witches. It is said that the animal was used by them to spread misfortune; whoever crossed them was stricken by a disease or lost a family member. This ended up discrediting the animal that was fled or killed by puritans.

black cat and witch

At the time, hunts were even frequently organized for catch and kill these cats in excruciating pain. The most popular day for this is the feast of Saint John. They were either stoned, after being tied up, or quartered, burned at the stake or even dismembered. We then thought it was the only way to ward off the misfortune of meeting this feline. Little by little, these colored cats became rare in society; their number being continually reduced.

Black cat, misfortune in the modern world

6 centuries later, nothing has changed! Just go to the shelters to realize it. Black cats are the least adopted there.

black cat adoption

Of course, there are no more hunts, but the black cat is still so stigmatized. We also use the term black cat to define someone or something that brings bad luck. Thereby, Drake is known to be a black cat for footballers. Each time he appears with a player, his team loses the following match. We also know Théo, like the black cat of PSG. The club loses every time it goes to the Parc des Princes.

In the popular imagination today, black is associated with grief. We also wear black clothes when we have to attend a funeral. It is also associated with the bad luckmystery, magic, misfortune, etc. All this contributes to the bad reputation of the cat.

Otherwise, cinema and literature did not favor this feline. In many books and films, the black cat is the favorite of witches. We recall in particular the case of Professor McGonagall who often turns into a black cat. sabrinathe witch, has a cat she has nicknamed Salem; in reference to the village of witches.

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Fortunately, not everyone believes it

The layering on black cats is vivacious. However, not everyone believes in it. In various parts of the world, certain peoples adopt cats of these colors which they consider a divine symbol or sign of prosperity.

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