Myth Busters: Are Black Cats Really Bad Luck?
Black Cats Are Bad Luck
Ever heard this statement before? Actually, it is one of the most popular beliefs of people in different parts of the world. However, should we believe it? Is it really true that black cats bring bad luck?
The History Of Bad Luck Cats
While there are various explanations of why people started to consider black cats as bad luck, one that is most commonly used as the origin of this belief is from Greek Mythology.
According to the story, when Hera, the wife of Zeus, was giving birth to Hercules, Galinthias, her servant, tried to stop her. Because of Galinthias’ foolish action, Hera turned her into a black cat. Later, Galinthias, the black cat, became an assistant to Hecate. Hecate is considered to be the goddess of witchcraft. This could also be one of the reasons why black cats are closely associated with witches.
The Bad Luck Cat Beliefs
The most common belief about black cats is that something bad will happen to you if you meet or see one while you are walking or traveling. In some versions, a black cat walking away or walking towards you means bad luck. Others believe that if a cat walks onto a ship or boat and then walks off it, then that ship or boat is predicted to sink on its next trip.
Generally speaking, in Western Cultures, black cats are seen to be a symbol of death, evil, bad omens, and bringer of bad luck. As a result, they are popularly portrayed in entertainment media as pets of evil people and witches. Some even believe that witches can turn themselves into black cats.
According to some sources, in the past, black cats have gotten a reputation so bad that anyone caught with a black cat would be punished or killed. This also has led people to kill black cats.
Thankfully, not all cultures view black cats as bad luck or evil. In fact, in some parts of the world, they are viewed as bringers of good luck, and therefore, they are desirable pets for many. Nevertheless, this does not stop others to think otherwise.
So, are black cats bad luck?
Obviously, the answer is no. Black cats are just cats with black coats and fur. They are just like any other cats but it so happened that they are black. Any bad thing that could happen to you after seeing a cat in your path is just a coincidence. In fact, most people who ignore this superstition don’t even experience any bad consequences and if they did, it is not the fault of the cat.
Moreover, if you have ever owned a black cat, you know they are too cute and cuddly to bring bad omens. In fact, the opposite can be true for many proud owners of black cats. Their black four-legged friend brings them joy, peace, and calmness, which are the complete opposite of bad luck.
If you ever meet a cat on your way, it only simply means that the cat is going somewhere and not there to curse you. Old Greek Mythology shouldn’t be used to support the irrational thinking of black cats as bad luck or they are the favorite pets of witches.
Superstitions Hurting Black Cats
Superstitions surrounding black cats may sound silly to some, but it doesn’t stop black cats experiencing prejudice because of these beliefs. The bad luck belief hurts black cats more than humans.
Because of the belief that black cats are bad luck, some people are hesitant to adopt or choose them as pets. As a result, there might be more cats dying in shelters or more of them are being neglected by existing owners.
There’s really no need for anyone to be afraid of black cats. They can be as sweet as any cat of a different color. It is time for all of us to discard old fables and beliefs that do not only hurt black cats but also make us rely on luck. Let’s give black cats the love they all deserve.
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