Carolyn's Daily Posts: 2011

October 31, 2011

Pirate Superstition: (Black) Cats


CAROLYN’S DAILY POSTS: 2011

PIRATE SUPERSTITION: (BLACK) CATS

I, a handsome black cat, symbolize GOOD LUCK!

KEEP CATS!

ESPECIALLY BLACK CATS!

OR CATS WITH EXTRA TOES!

(A key pirate superstition.)

      Well-kept, well-fed cats kept on ship board protect against pirates against harm. Black cats, especially, are considered good luck on a ship, but luckier to have are cats with extra toes.

     They are good for the pirate’s health, too. After all, they catch the ship’s rats.*

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OTHER BLACK CAT SUPERSTITIONS**

  • A black cat crossing one’s path by moonlight means death in an epidemic. ~Irish superstition
  • In Britain, on the Yorkshire coast, wives of fishermen believe that their menfolk will return safely if a black cat is kept in the house.**
  • In the south of France, black cats are referred to as “matagots” or “magician cats.” According to local superstition, they bring good luck to owners who feed them well and treat them with the respect they deserve.**
  • Black cats were once treated like royalty in the homes of English sailors, who believed that keeping them happy would ensure fair weather when they went to sea. They became so high-priced that few sailors could afford them!
  • “Whenever the cat of the house is black,
    The lasses of lovers will have no lack.” ~ English Proverb**

To continue reading about black cats and superstitions click on Black Cats: Good Luck, Bad Luck

SOURCE

*Top Pirate Superstitions, Greensburg Tribune-Review, May 20, 2011, D3

**http://www.kinrossfolds.com/cattery/superstition.html

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ADDITIONAL READING:

WHAT RIGHTS DO CATS HAVE, I ASK

The “Meow” Chorus: A cat symphony on a Greyhound Bus

 THE SNITTY CAT LIKES PUMPKIN PIE?

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