Previously published in Examiner
Part 1 of 2
Montrealers are preparing for Halloween, which is just around the corner. Unfortunately, with it comes all kinds of freaky things. This article will focus on black cats and how they are sought out and killed by some strange people with strange superstitions. Therefore, this topic is going to be treated as a human mental health issue though it is also a cat health issue.
Black cats have gotten a bad rap throughout the centuries. Many people in the past and even today are still afraid of black cats.
Everyone knows that a black cat is bad luck right?
This examiner can easily say yes that is true. She had two black cats and bad luck, However, with a more extensive examination this examiner also had bad luck even before She had a black cat. Humans have a habit of linking two different ideas together without any proof that these ideas correlate with one another. This kind of thinking is the basis of a superstition. A superstition can be considered an irrational fear and this is definitely the case with black cats.
Throughout time people have been blaming anything and everything on bad luck. If you break a mirror it is seven years bad luck; If you put new shoes on a table it is bad luck; If you open an umbrella in the house it is bad luck. Superstitions are legends and myths that do not have any basis in reality, yet people in Montreal and all over the world continue to believe them.
History of Black cat aversion
Even though the ancient Egyptians revered cats, the western world has not been so kind to them. In medieval times in Europe, the punishment of death was handed out to anyone who was found to harbour a cat in their homes. Black cats in particular received a bum rap. Black was the color associated with evil and evil was associated with witches during the 15th century in Europe. These superstitions gradually made their way over to North America.
To be continued