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                                                                                     Authors have often fueled the myths surrounding black cats.  Edgar Allen
                                           CATS                                   Poe, in The Black Cat, wrote, “…my wife, who at heart was not a little
                                           Continued from Page 1                  tinctured with superstition, made frequent allusion to the ancient popular
                                                                                  notion, which regarded all black cats as witches in disguise.”

                                               In Western culture, black cats        The one exception to black cats being bad luck was on board sailing ships.
                                           have, historically, been seen as symbols   Sailors considered it good luck to have a black ship’s cat.  However, it is
                                           of evil, specifically black cats are   common knowledge that if a black cat walks onto a ship and then immediately
                                           considered witches’ familiars.         walks back off it, the ship is doomed to sink on its next voyage.  Rumors
                                              Many European                       abound that a black cat abandoned the Titanic minutes before it sailed, and then
                                           countries consider a black                   sat on its haunches, watching the doomed ship steam out of harbor.
                                           cat bad luck or the symbol                        Since the 1880s, black cats have been associated with
                                           of bad luck—a cat walking                      anarchism—a political philosophy that advocates government is
                                           across one’s path, in front                    undesirable, unnecessary, and harmful.  A black cat, in an alert,
                                           of a person, is believed                      fighting stance, was later adopted as an anarchist symbol.  Specifically,
        to be an omen of misfortune and impending death; however, in                   black cats are associated with anarcho-syndicalism, a branch of
        England, a black cat crossing a person’s path is considered a                   anarchism that focuses on labor unions.  In 1918, Ralph Chaplin, who
        good omen.                                                                      is credited with creating the Industrial Workers of the World black
           Folklore often describes a black cat’s ability to shape change                                        cat symbol, claimed the black cat “was
        or shift into human shape in order to act as spies for witches                                           commonly used by the boys as representing
        and demons.  Here in America, when the Pilgrims arrived at                                               the idea of sabotage.
        Plymouth Rock, they believed black cats were companions                                                                              Continued >
        to witches.  Women who owned black cats were punished or
        killed as witches since black cats derived their coloring from
        demonic possession and sorcery.  Throughout Europe, during
        the infamous witch hunts held there, black cats were often                                               TOP LEFT: The black cat, symbol of sabotage, of the
                                                                                                                 Industrial Workers of the World, also adopted as a
        burned to death in midsummer bonfires as satanic creatures.                                              symbol by anarcho-syndicalists.
           Around 1,000 CE, in England, the Druids feared cats                                                   CENTER: Vaillancourt “Ghouly Girl” Halloween
        - believing that by using evil powers, humans could turn                                                 chalkware folk art, 1978.  This “cute” girl and black
        themselves into cats. So during Samhain, the beginning of the                                            cat is valued at $220.
        “darker half” of the year, on November 1, many cats were thrown into the                                 LEFT: Black Cat and pumpkin cookie jar by Harry and
        fires to get rid of the evil.                                                                            David.  This limited edition, #368 of 900, Halloween
           In Ireland, wearing a charm made from the bone of a black cat makes one                               cookie jar is valued at $200.
        invisible.  This superstition has led to the murder of many black cats, and, not too
        surprising, all suspected cat killers were visible when tried for animal cruelty.

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