Introduction: The Mysterious Belief About Cats
For centuries, cats have been the subject of many superstitions and myths that have led people to believe that they are bad luck. From ancient beliefs to modern-day urban legends, cats are often associated with misfortune, tragedy, and even death. Despite the fact that there is no scientific evidence to support these claims, many people still hold on to these superstitions, and as a result, cats have been subjected to discrimination, abuse, and neglect.
Historical Perspective: Where Did It Begin?
The belief that cats are bad luck can be traced back to ancient times when cats were considered sacred animals in many cultures. However, with the rise of Christianity in Europe, cats began to be associated with the devil, and many people believed that they were witches in disguise. During the Middle Ages, cats were hunted and killed en masse, and this practice continued well into the 18th century. As a result, the cat population in Europe declined significantly, and this had a significant impact on the rodent population, leading to the spread of diseases such as the bubonic plague.