For centuries in European countries the cat was viewed as evil and feared, especially black ones who were constantly associated with witches and considered to be in league with the satan. Persecution was so fife that by 1400AD the actual cat was almost wiped out in many parts of Europe. The actual Church of the times had been very much to blame for this along with was responsible for the ‘Cats’ bad press. It became enthusiastic about its pagan connections.
Still in ancient Egypt, Ancient rome and pagan Scandinavia the particular cat was always related to fertility, pleasure and chance, and was never linked to anything to do with the Satan. Ancient Egyptians were the very first to domesticate this pet, first as rat battres and then as sacred creatures. Much worship was dedicated to a cat-like goddess involving fertility named “Bastet” or perhaps Bast, cats were mummified and buried in wats or temples as a mark of regard. Even after the fall of the Egypt Empire cats were adored and treated as good fortune omens.
In Europe the problem was they enjoyed an excellent degree of worship and irrational belief but in the middle ages this particular came to an abrupt finish. The by then, the very effective Christian Church was in anxiety about Pagan cult worship, plus they embarked upon a terrible strategy against so-called witches who else, were believed to be able to change into cats at times connected with trouble or persecution.
Females in particular were targeted and several were tortured until these people at last gave in to fake confessions, they were cruelly carried out. Many were solitary seniors woman who maybe held a cat as a companion, they might be drowned or burned up at the stake, along with their dog cat. Cats would endure the same fates, and not just dark ones but all colors. Throughout the 16th and seventeenth centuries the cat populace diminished. It was not till the 18th century that the kitty was restored to prefer, and the witch hunts not survived.
The cat resumed the place as an household family pet and rat catcher. Within Britain today black pet cats are considered to be lucky, while in North America the invert is true.
Many cats even now are found in buildings mummified under the foundations of older buildings, it was thought to bring good fortune and good fortune for both the framework and its occupants.
Sailors tend to be renowned for their superstitious naturel and they still today possess cats on board their ships both as rat battres and to bring good luck towards the ship. Even so cats usually dislike water but appear to take up residence on boats quite happily (especially angling vessels). In fact cats have got migrated all around the world thanks to their particular affinity to ships.
Mariners always believed the kitten had the power to protect all of them from dangerous weather in addition to disasters at sea. Toss a cat overboard and this means impending doom and at minimum nine years bad luck for the crew. Cats are excellent weather conditions forecasters and it was considered that a cat could begin a storm with its tail if this was angered, hence numerous cats fared very well.