Are Black Cats Bad Luck
Many people perceive black felines to be unlucky. But why are black cats considered unlucky? Is there any truth to this widespread superstition?
Bad Luck Or Good Luck
Black cats have been subject of superstitions and myths for centuries. In the United States and some European countries, having a black cat cross your path is considered bad luck. In Germany, some people believe that a black cat crossing a person’s path from left to right brings good luck, but from right to left is a bad omen. In Europe, it was a sign that death was near if a black cat jumped on a sick bed and in China, black cats were a sign of poverty and hard times.
In the Middle Ages, black cats have been associated with witches and witchcraft. Some people even believed that the witches could transform themselves into black cats. Black cats are thought to be supernatural servants of the witches because they usually roam at night. A popular British legend claims that in the 1560’s, a father and son were scared by a black cat darting across their path in a moonless night. It was an injured black cat dart out of a crawl space and into the house of a woman suspected to be a witch. When the father and son saw the woman on the street the next day, the woman walked with a limp and had a bandaged, bruished face and arm. From that day on, all black felines were suspected of being witches.
Many of these supersitions about black cats still exist today – this is why black cats often have problem getting adopted. According to Dr. Katy Nelson, an medical advisor for PetMD, lore and mythology about black cats goes all the way back to Greek mythology. In one of the stories, Hera, Zeus’s wife transformed a slave named Galinthias into a black cat as punishment for interfering her plan to delay Hercules’s birth. Galinthias then became the goddess of death, an attendant of Hecate.
Despite their bad reputation, black cats are good luck in many countries, including Japan. Japanese culture sees a black cat crossing a person’s path as a good omen. In addition, black cats are said to bring good fortune to sailors. In 19th century, the sailors kept black cats on ships as they believed black cats would bring them luck. The origin of the black cat and good luck is believed to have begun in Ancient Egypt. Cats in Egypt were worshipped and treated as royalty. The black cat was believed to bring good luck and personified the goddess Bast.
It’s crystal clear that black cats aren’t only associated with evil and bad luck. While these superstitions and stories surrounding black felines have been around for centuries, none of them are based on fact. Cats have nothing to do with the bad or good – they are just animals who need love and affection. They are adorable as other animals!