Q&A: Was this a genuine black cat superstition or was it made up for the book?

Question by rebekkah:This is a real black cat superstition or it did for the book? Warning: Some of you may find this bruto.Una once read a book about King Arthur in reducing the mother of Sir Gawain a cat alive is because she believes the superstition that every black cat has an extra bone in his body when held in the mouth will make the person invisible. Do people really believe this in the time of King Arthur and was made by the author? Best answer : Reply

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2 Responses to “Q&A: Was this a genuine black cat superstition or was it made up for the book?”

  1. I found this so interesting that I looked it up:
    http://books.google.com/books?q=folklore+black+cat+bone+invisible
    http://books.google.com/books?lr=&q=folklore+black+cat+bone+invisible+britain
    http://books.google.com/books?id=7PVu-DpLmqoC&pg=PA21&dq=black+cat+bone+invisible+medieval&lr=

    Apperantly it is a part of actual folklore, but I don’t see where any of these books mention the origins of this belief. I will keep looking.

    EDIT: It might not be possible to trace this to its exact origins because so much folklore is a combination of pagan and Christian beliefs that has evolved over the centuries. This sounds very much like a mixture of the old pagan Irish and Welsh stories about magical potions being boiled in cauldrons by the those of the sidhe (fairy mounds) and the Christian prejudice against black cats because of their alleged connection to witchcraft.

  2. The Black Cat: Superstition and Beliefs
    Back arched, fur on end, eyes glowing, lip curled, hissing, claws drawn, ready to pounce on the first thing to cross its path: The black cat throuout history has been blamed for most of the wrongs of the world, from blasphemy to the plague.
    Even today, black cats conjure up images of witchcraft and magic tales. Edgar Allan Poe wrote about one and Hollywood has made movies about them. There is even a TV sitcom, “Sabrina, the Teenage Witch,” which features a very sarcastic “talking” black cat named Salem.
    For thousands of years, black cats have been regarded as mysterious creatures with supernatural powers and were associated with witches and even death. It was believed that witches could change into cats; in fact, it is believed they could make that change nine times. Some believe this to be the origin of the belief that cats have nine lives.
    There are many superstitions associated with cats, partly because the cat has lived alongside humans for thousands of years. Superstitions centering around the black cat are some of the most well-known and popular superstitions today.
    Will you worry the next time a black cat crosses your path?
    It may depend on where you live in the world. In Britain and Japan, having a black cat cross your path, is considered good luck, whereas if you live in the USA or several European countries, it is bad luck to have a black cat walk by.

    Here are a few cat superstitions from various countries.
    A strange black cat on your porch brings prosperity. – Scottish superstition
    A cat sneezing is a good omen for everyone who hears it. – Italian superstition
    It is bad luck to see a white cat at night. – American superstition
    Dreaming of white cat means good luck. – American superstition
    In the Netherlands, cats were not allowed in rooms where private family discussions were going on.
    The Dutch believed that cats would definitely spread gossips around the town.
    In Egypt, it was once believed that the life-giving rays of the sun
    were kept in a cat’s eyes at night for safekeeping.
    To kill a cat brings seventeen years of bad luck -Irish superstition

    Today in America, during the month of October, we see silhouettes of black cats clinging to window panes anxiously waiting for the 31st, when hordes of little goblins, witches and ghosts make their way from house to house, party to party collecting treats.
    Halloween is a fun time! It is a time that reconfirms our social bond with the people of the neighborhood who we rarely, if ever, see the rest of the year. As we watch the wildly and someitmes very imaginative costumes parading from door to door, a fond reminder of what we once did ourselves, keep in mind that pets often find these strange sights frightening experience. The Humane Society recommends keeping all pets confined indoors in a room away from any Halloween excitement and keep the Halloween candy out of your pet’s reach. Just like table scraps, candy can make some pets quite sick.
    Today, the domestic cat (house cat) is second only to the dog in popularity as a house pet. No one knows exactly how many domestic cats there are in the United States, but researchers estimate that more than 30 million are owned as pets.
    These numbers do not include the millions of feral cats (‘wild’ offspring of domestic cats and are primarily the result of pet owners’ abandonment or failure to spay and neuter) that suffer sickness, exposure, starvation and death on the streets of our nation’s cities and towns, and in the fields and forests of the countryside as they attempt to survive on their own.

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