Black cat folklore
and superstitions, Explained.
Black cats have consistently played an important role in folklore and superstition throughout history.
In the Middle Ages, black cats were
believed to be the evil, supernatural servant
of witches, sent by the devil.
They were also thought to be
witches who transformed into
the nocturnal, stealthy creatures
for optimal witchcraft.
These beliefs led to the widespread eradication
of black cats in Europe, which ultimately led
to the outbreak of the Bubonic Plague. .
Religious groups eventually brought the
persecution of witches and black cats with
them when they emigrated to America.
The Salem Witch Trials of 1692 saw the persecution of many suspected witches and black cats, cementing the superstition in American history. .
Because of their history, black cats are
now commonly used around Halloween
to enhance the fear factor of the holiday.