Why Do Some People Believe That Black Cats Are Bad Luck and Where Did the Superstition Come From?

If you believe that a black cat crossing your path is bad luck, you believe in witchcraft.

Legend has its that in the 1560s in England, a father and son threw stones at a cat that had startled them on a moonless night.

The wounded cat ran into the nearby home of a suspected witch.

The next day the old woman was seen in public limping and bruised, and a superstition was born which caused the burning alive of innocent women in the seventeenth century.

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Karen Hill is a freelance writer, editor, and columnist. Born in New York, her work has appeared in the Examiner, Yahoo News, Buzzfeed, among others.

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