Bad luck or good fortune?
This story is actually the reason why I got the idea of starting a blog with great, unusual stories. As many of you surely know, black cats are considered to be the omen of misfortune. bad luck and even death. Unfortunately for these black furry friends, their bad reputation dates back to forever and many of the myths about them that were believed way back in the past are still accepted today.
But there are more stories then only the negatives ones you always hear! Actually in some counties (Britain & Japan) they are considered as a symbol for ‘good luck!
I’m an owner of a lovely (sometimes devilish) all black cat, named Zero myself. When I picked up Zero (Sjeffe, named back then) from an animal shelter around. I directly noticed the small white spot on his chest.
I started hanging around on Black Cat Appreciation pages and after a while I started noticing that not only my cat, but many other black cats in the world, are all black, besides a little spot on their chest! Because this could hardly be a coincidence, I started searching on the internet and look what I found!
The story goes that, these white patches on black cats called, “God’s Thumbprint” or “An Angel’s kiss / Angel mark” somewhere on their body. In medieval times when women who were believed to own magical skills and abilities were burnt at the stake as witches, their cats were often tossed in the flames, too. These cats, often black, were saved if they possessed a small amount of white fur somewhere on their body. The white represented the presence of God. Through this “unnatural selection” process, completely black cats were killed leaving us today with those with a few white hairs.
Black Cat Superstition
The black cat has made a deep impact in the history of the feline species. The color of these cats has triggered serious and strong emotions in humans throughout history.
Unfortunately too many humans have responded with fright to a black haired cat. This tragic reaction has resulted in a massive persecution of countless innocent black felines.
Black Cats on Feast of St. John
On mainland Europe black cats were associated with the devil himself during the Middle Ages.
The Feast of St. John (June 24rth) was a particularly dangerous time for black cats.
Black cats were on this evening rounded up and burnt alive on the bonfire. It was common belief that this was the evening witches from all over Europe had their gathering.
It was also common belief that witches could transform themselves into cats. The church encouraged this practice believing black cats were the devil’s helpers.
Another interesting story about a black cat with a white spot on the chest is, the story of:
Cat Sìth / Sidhe
The Cat Sìth or Cat Sidhe is a fairy creature from Celtic mythology, said to resemble a large black cat with a white spot on its chest. Legend goes that the cat haunts the Scottish Highlands. The legends surrounding this creature are more common in Scottish folklore, but a few occur in Irish. Some common folklore suggested that the Cat Sìth was not a fairy, but a witch that could transform into a cat nine times.The Cat Sìth may have been inspired by the Scottish wildcat itself. It is possible that the legends of the Cat Sìth were inspired by Kellas cats, which are probably a distinctive hybrid between Scottish wildcats and domestic cats only found in Scotland (the Scottish wildcat is a subspecies of the European wildcat, which is absent from elsewhere in the British Isles). Typical Kellas cats resemble large black wildcats, but with some peculiar features closer to domestic cats, and have probably been present in Scotland for centuries, maybe even some two millennia or more.
The Cat Sìth is all black with the exception of a white spot on its chest. It is described as being as large as a dog and chooses to display itself with its back arched and bristles erect.
The people of the Scottish Highlands did not trust the Cat Sìth. They believed that it could steal a person’s soul before it was claimed by the gods by passing over a corpse before burial; therefore watches called the Feill Fadalach (Late Wake) were performed night and day to keep the Cat Sìth away from a corpse before burial. Methods of “distraction” such as games of leaping and wrestling, catnip, riddles, and music would be employed to keep the Cat Sìth away from the room in which the corpse lay. In addition, there were no fires where the body lay, as it was legend that the Cat Sìth was attracted to the warmth.
Oh! A funny detail, last week I saw a post coming by on Facebook about a black cat (with white spot) reviving from the death!