Bewitched by Cats

Jul 15 , 2020

Bewitched by Cats

Did you ever wonder why cats are associated with witchcraft? Do they have an extraordinary ability? Let’s dig in more about it.
During ancient times, cats were worshipped as God. They were praised for killing venomous snakes and protected Pharaohs from death and many dangerous creatures that lurked in dark places. Egyptians regard their cats as loving, important members of their families, and accordingly, treat them with as much respect and dignity as their children. During the 14th century, many cats were killed because they were associated with the Black Death. Contrary to the claims that cats may help stop the spread by killing the rats, cats were thought to spread the disease by biting other animals and persons, thus exposing them to the disease.
Black cats are specifically associated with witchcraft because many women suspected of witchcraft owned black cats. People believed that they helped witches in their evil acts. The term witchcraft means “ craft of the wise”. They were claimed to be able to make magic potions and known for healing sick people. The Christian Church did not like the fact that people are asking for help from them, they spread propaganda that their powers are a form of evil. Since then, people condemn black cats and associate it with evil, omens, and even death. Some witnesses claimed that witches turned into black cats and sneaked into houses at night. Unsurprisingly, accused witches would affirm this notion while undergoing vicious torture.

Sadly, cats got tied up in the witch trials and often faced the same fate as their owners. But some countries believe that cats are good luck charms such as Japan, Russia, and Scottland. There’s a well-known Japanese saying that a maiden who happens to own a black cat will attract suitors. The Scottish also believe that when a black cat appears at their doorstep it is a sign of good omen. In Russia, owning one or letting them in before humans moving in is considered to bring good fortune.
Nevertheless, cats have always been good companions. Their sharp senses help to protect them from the various dangers of the world.