Omens of ill fortune Death is also related with cats. Italians used to believe that if a black cat sat on your sickbed, it meant you were going to die soon. If a black cat crosses your path, it is considered that you will have terrible luck (although the opposite is true in England, Ireland, and Asia).
There are many theories about why black cats are bad-some say they bring bad luck, others claim that they are lucky, but the most common explanation is that they are representing death. Maybe that's why we find them so creepy-they look like they're watching you!
People have believed for centuries that seeing a black cat would bring misfortune. Nowadays, this idea is still popular among some people. However, seeing a black cat doesn't mean that something bad will happen to you; it's just an omen that you should take into consideration before acting.
Misfortune However, in much of Western and Southern Europe, the black cat is still considered a symbol of bad luck, especially if one crosses your path, which is said to be a portent of tragedy and death. In France, Spain, and Italy, for example, to see a black cat is to be cursed with misfortune.
In parts of Africa, particularly among the Ndembu people of Zambia, seeing a black cat is even more fatal than in the West. If a Ndembu person sees a black cat, they will assume that it is dead and eat it. This belief comes from the idea that when you look at a black cat, you are seeing the spirit of the cat and that it must be kept alive so that it can join its master after dying. Although this practice is not common any more, some Ndembu people will kill all black cats because of it.
In Asia, particularly in India, there is a legend that the black cat was once white. According to this story, a king made his wife wear clothes that were too bright for her. To get rid of her husband, she had him locked up in a room where there was only enough light to see by. The next day, when the king came out of prison, he was shocked to find his wife dead.
However, in much of Western and Southern Europe, the black cat is still considered a symbol of bad luck, especially if one crosses your path, which is said to be a portent of tragedy and death. This is because in many cultures, including those of England and America where the term "black cat syndrome" is used, if you see a black cat, it means that something bad will happen to you or someone you love.
There are several theories about why black cats are associated with bad luck. One theory is that since they are often left behind by their owners, they must be abandoned also. Thus, seeing a black cat could mean that someone you know is going to die. Another theory is that because they are invisible in the dark, seeing a black cat is a sign that someone you know is hiding something. A third theory is that because they carry the flea that is responsible for the bubonic plague, every time one is crossed, it is believed that there is a chance that one might spread this disease.
Whether seen as a good or bad omen, there is no disputing that the sight of a black cat can bring misfortune. In fact, seeing a black cat across your path may be the only way to save someone from an accident. If you encounter a black cat, it is best not to stare at it or take its picture because this would be considered rude.
However, throughout much of Western and Southern Europe, the black cat is still seen as a symbol of bad luck, especially if one crosses your path, which is said to be an omen of tragedy and death...
In Britain, Ireland, and Australia, the black cat is considered good luck. A black cat can cross your path for many reasons, but most often it is because someone you know is going to come into money or find happiness. To see a black cat is believed to be an omen of good fortune.
In North America, however, the cat is associated more with evil than good. If you run across a black cat in American mythology, it means that something bad will happen to you. People won't help you if you are hurt or sick, nor will they pray for you. Also, if a black cat walks by itself, this is also seen as a bad sign. No one will give you food if you are starving either; even cats don't like to be poisoned. Finally, if you are trying to sell something using only a phone app, then a black cat walking by yourself near a store will probably fail... again, even cats don't like being used this way.
There are many stories about why seeing a black cat brings about bad luck.
Most of Europe regards the black cat as a terrible omen, especially if it crosses the path in front of a human, which is said to be a portent of tragedy and death. There are many stories about people who have been warned about something that was about to happen by seeing this ominous black cat.
In England, Scotland, and Ireland, if you see a black cat you're supposed to say "Good morning" or "Good evening", because it is believed that seeing a black cat is good luck.
In South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand, there is no such tradition. But even if you don't believe in this superstition, it's best not to offend the cat by refusing to say hello.
There are several theories about why seeing a black cat is said to be bad luck. Some people think it has something to do with pigment. Others believe it has something to do with the fact that cats use body language so they don't get hit by cars. Still others think it has something to do with cats using evil tricks to get food out of people. No matter what the reason is, it's best not to cause offense to a black cat.