Poll: Lucky cat lore

Lorewise, in the myth of the 'unlucky black cat' does the cat have to be totally black, or are they still considered unlucky if they have a small white mark somewhere, such as face or foot?

I'd think just black. Though in some cultures / contexts, they're considered lucky instead.

Usually solid black fur.

Tho whether they're lucky or unlucky differs a lot from culture to culture. They're lucky in Scottish and Japanese folklore. They were holy animals in Ancient Egypt, particularly black ones due to to the association with Bastet, a goddess of protection and fertility. In some cultures it depending on how the black cat is encountered. In old Germany, having a black cat cross your path from right to left is bad, but the opposite is good. Sailors tended to favor black cats when choosing a ship's cat and attributed all kinds of good and bad omens to anything they did, like if one gets on and then immediately back off a ship then the voyage will be terrible.

I think this might help. I think its mostly because the idea cats have something to do with witches, or are witches themselves. As the others have said cat folklore varies practically from town to town or even house to house.

It's hard for me to imagine a world before proper electric lighting. In a world lit by candlelight or not at all, the world must be a terrifying place outside your door when you can't see a thing. The unexplained world gave rise to superstition. I figure that's where the fear of black cats musta come from, personally.

"All cats are inherently unlucky by their very nature. Something needs to be done about them." -- a spokesrodent for the Rodent and Avian International Assembly

davidmc1158:
"All cats are inherently unlucky by their very nature. Something needs to be done about them." -- a spokesrodent for the Rodent and Avian International Assembly

The Rodent and Avian International Assembly will not be recognized until the Rodent Coalition issues a formal apology for their part in the Black Death. Furthermore, due to their repeated refusal to expel the Canadian Goose, the Blue Jay and the Australian Magpie from their "Fraternity of Feathers", The Avian Council will now be censured.

twistedmic:

davidmc1158:
"All cats are inherently unlucky by their very nature. Something needs to be done about them." -- a spokesrodent for the Rodent and Avian International Assembly

The Rodent and Avian International Assembly will not be recognized until the Rodent Coalition issues a formal apology for their part in the Black Death. Furthermore, due to their repeated refusal to expel the Canadian Goose, the Blue Jay and the Australian Magpie from their "Fraternity of Feathers", The Avian Council will now be censured.

The official stance of the Assembly is that the expulsion of any bird from the organization would violate the bylaws concerning legacy members. Seeing as how those rules were set in place by the previous Assembly headmasters (the dinosaurs), we do not feel that it is appropriate to arbitrarily change those rules (and the penguins have consistently blocked the matter from coming to a vote for fear they might be removed from the Assembly as well).

As for the Black Death, the Rodent Coalition has repeatedly apologized for the involvement of the central Asian groundhog in that unfortunate incident, but are forced to remind you that it was humans that acted as the rats' Uber drivers in the spreading of the fleas who were directly responsible for the plague across Europe.

Oh I thought this was gonna be about the lucky maneki neko story, not about unlucky cats lol.

 

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