Black cats, superstition, why people fear them

ULM Hawkeye

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Cats come in all types of colors, from brown, to gold and white. But there is another color they come in: black.

People have long believed that black cats were witches’ familiars, which were thought to protect their powers. Others believed they were supernatural omens. During the witch hunts in the middle ages, cats were thought to be connected to evil. Since then, it has been considered bad luck if one crosses a person’s path.

Cats have also been known to be used as living decorations, only to be discarded or abandoned. There was even a time when they were sacrificed, because Druid priests believed they held evil spirits transformed into animals.

Either way, they’ll always be part of Halloween.