This may be where the phrase "it's raining cats and dogs" originated (see also "Miscellaneous" section below). If the cat tears of the cushions or carpet with its claws, it is a sign that wind is coming, as we say, “the cat is raising the wind“. If the cat while washing its face draws its paw over its forehead it is a sign of good weather. It was once thought unlucky to let cats die in the house. During medieval times cats ranked as evil spirits and it was believed that black cats were the cleaver assistants of witches and that they bring bad luck. For centuries, cats, especially black ones, have been associated with witchcraft and witches. Here’s a closer look at 7 feline fabrications we hear most often. Cats would lose their sense of balance if they didn’t have whiskers. It is said if the family cat lies with its back to the fire, a huge storm is on the way. Furthermore, there is a belief among some Muslims that cats seek out people who are praying. If the family cat should sneeze three times in a row, the family will soon suffer from the flu. To see a white cat on the road during the day is lucky. Some attribute such beliefs to the intrinsic mysterious nature of felines. Cats use their whiskers for navigation, moods and figuring out if they can squeeze under the sofa by pushing their heads through first. People sometimes keep cats to keep these "dirty/bad stuff" out of their home. The protective function of cats is indicated in the Book of the Dead, where a cat represents Ra and the benefits of the sun for life on Earth. They are creatures of mystery and in today's episode we are bringing a little of that mystery to you. Cat-shaped decorations used during the New Kingdom of Egypt indicate that the cat cult became more popular in daily life. A spotted cat coming to your house is a good luck omen. Some of these superstitions are universal (think “the evil eye”) and some are unique to a specific place. The cat was a favorite of the Ancient Egyptians, and the death of a family cat was considered a great misfortune. In the Netherlands, cats are apparently believed to be gossipy creatures who will happily blab all of your deepest, darkest secrets. A New England superstition says that if you give a friend a cat, your friendship will end. Cats may also experience pain with whisker removal, since whiskers are located in a facial area that is rich in nerves and blood vessels. If we consider lions as cats, the cult of the Lion-headed Goddess, Sekhmet, was prominent. (American superstition) It is unlucky to see a white cat at night. Each country has its own folklore and legends, things our parents or grandparents tell us, to ward away bad vibes or to scare us into being good little children. 2* Good luck encountes if three cats appear in one way. There are several unlucky numbers in … In general, if a kitten comes into a house , it is a lucky omen. However, some cultures make a distinction, saying that if a kitten comes into a house in the morning, it is lucky. Amazingly, some cats quite like water and even baths. Cat Talk Radio Podcast People have dysfunctional thoughts about cats that can become dangerous to them - the cats, not the people. Weather will be bad when the cat licks itself “against the grain”. Whiskers are not required for balance, but removing or cutting them can affect these other senses. Allowing cats to sleep with you is considered to be very unlucky. After all, who's ever heard of a black dog bringing bad luck? Black cats are notorious among the superstitious, but cats in general are regarded as powerful and mysterious animals across many cultures throughout history. The Muslim admiration of cats extends beyond the near east. It is unlucky to weigh a cat or a kitten. In parts of England it was believed that cats’ eyes dilated and contracted with the flow and ebb of the tide. They may encounter angels manifesting in the form of a cat, see images of a beloved pet who has died and now acts as a spirit guide or guardian or catch sight of cat images that symbolize something God … What I’m trying to say is: Are cats really reincarnated witches who have 9 lives and also spread bad luck? In Ireland, it is considered highly unlucky for a family to take their cat with them when they move. Birds and other animals don’t have an instinct for associating bells with imminent danger, and cats can learn to move quietly, even with the bell. India and China both had cat fertility goddesses — Sastht and Li Chou, respectively. Whether you should be worried if a black cat crosses your path also depends on where you live: Some European countries believe it to be good luck, while most Americans view it as bad luck. Cats mostly land on their feet because of their bone structure and having the ability to manipulate their body quickly (cats also have no collar bone). In Massachusetts a cat putting its paw over its head means company is coming. A cat crying on the rooftop of a house means death for the sick inside. To dream of a cat is unlucky. 4* A lot of actors believe that it is desirable to have a cat in theatre. 1* The most popular superstition about cats in general is that a cat has nine lives. In describing the beliefs of Muslims near Tomini Bay (Indonesia), Adriani and Kruijt (1951:317) note Muslims have a special appreciation for the cat and a special set of beliefs related to how one treats cats. Cats have the reputation for being aloof and independent, leading people to believe they can leave a cat alone for long periods. Cats have been a creature of myth, folklore, and legend as far back as the beginning of time. Centuries ago, black cats were thought to be witches because they were most active at night. Many cat superstitions involve weather. Cats have always held a mysterious spot in world culture. Other beliefs are rooted in ancient Pagan animist culture in Japan, and regards living and natural things as having spirits or powers, making some animals and depiction of animals as bringers of both good and bad fortune. If a cat washes its face in the presence of several people, the first person the cat looks that will be the first to get married and the first to die. If cats are playing in the house and an unusually lively way, windy or stormy weather is approaching . Here are more superstitions about cats. Irish folklore features a big black cat named Iruscan. Those who play too much with their cats never have good health. In parts of Asia, a person who kills a cat will have the sins of the cat transferred to them, whether the killing is accidental or intentional. Why do we harbor so many beliefs about cats? I would have liked to learn more about the rationale behind some of them. She was a warrior goddess, who led the pharaohs in warfare. Cats are pretty clean, generally, but when the time comes where you have to actually bathe your cat, make sure you take the proper precautions to prevent a slick escape — and use the right shampoo. If a cat sits with its tail facing a burning fire in the fireplace, it means a change in the weather is coming. There are shrines that worship cats as gods across Japan and cats have also played a part in folk beliefs through the ages. Many people believed that witches and black cats worked together. Here are a few common beliefs and superstitions in Mexico. So if you’re worried about your cat’s attack habits and want to reduce them, forget the bell — instead, use other means, like special fencing or restricted outdoor access. According to History Collection, Vox in Rama firmly established the association between cats and the devil in Christian culture. The belief that black cats are a bad omen is also a Western superstition, and I've read that Native Americans believe seeing an owl is inauspicious. If you dream of a playful kitten, it means that powerful friends are watching over you. Cats and witches. The persecution of people accused of being witches is a clear example. An old superstition said that cat hair was thought to be indigestible and it was believed that you would die if you got it into your stomach. In fact, these 14 black cats make it very difficult to argue that humans and kitties don't have a lot in common. However, the description of the devil as a black cat tapped into already deep-seated cultural beliefs about the nature and symbolic significance of cats … ... was a symbol of wind. Alternatively, if the cat calmly and smoothly washes itself, expect fair weather. If a neighbor’s cat comes around “listening”, it is a sure sign that your neighbors are gossiping about you. May cats are also inclined to be sad and melancholy. Common people also started having pet cats at home several hundred years ago and Japanese people have been involved with cats in a variety of ways since then. In other words, they require killing nine times before they remain permanently defunct. Cats are actually socially gregarious pets. Maybe the Scottish were so mean to cats because of the cat superstition that said that witches often assumed the form of cats while they plagued their family. Interesting hub--I have a fairly broad knowledge of Hinduism, but I didn't know about folk beliefs such as these. A well-socialized cat wants to be around his or her family, and loves to play and be petted. A three-colored cat is good luck, and in some places is thought to offer protection from house fires. My first experience with Buddhism and Cats happened when one of my former cats, Tara (appropriately named), was discovered on my zafu (meditation cushion). People claimed they caused bad luck, were reincarnated witches in feline form or did witches’ evil biddings. She also protected humans from venomous animals, and since venomous creatures, such as snakes and scorpions were (and are) in abundance in the Egypt… When a death occurred and the body awaited burial in the home, cats would not be allowed indoors. If not, it means speedy rain. The bell can toll all day and night, but it won’t make a bit of difference if your cat finds some appealing prey outside — and bird organizations agree. Middle Eastern species of cats were domesticated in Egypt about 10,000 years ago and while various other animals were also considered sacred, cats had a special status among those animals. Anyone who makes cats his enemy is certain to be accompanied to the grave with wind and rain. Mistletoe: Superstitions, Folklore & History, Origins of Christmas Traditions and December 25th Significance, Sayings About Cats – Some Forgotten Proverbs. 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