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the witch's familiar pt3
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....Do you believe it is a sign of ill fortune when black cats cross your path? Or do you conclude the cat has dispensed a run of good luck, by passing in front of you?


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A very early record of the linking together of witches and cats concerns the ceremony of Cat Wednesday which took place in the city of Metz in Northern France. This involved hundreds of cats being burnt alive in the belief that they were witches in disguise.

Papal might was brought down upon witches and cats in the 13th century when horrible acts of atrocity were carried out on humans and felines. Black cats in particular were believed to be agents of the devil, especially if owned by an elderly woman.

The Celts believed that cats had once been human and had been changed into felines as punishment for their wicked ways. Cats were sometimes tied up with silver ropes because it was believed that these creatures had the ability to protect hallowed treasures. Later, Catholic culture mixed with Celtic beliefs and the cat became thought to be the witch's familiar.

In the 16th and 17th centuries tens of thousands of witches and cats were put to death in Germany, 75,000 in France and 30,000 in Great Britain. Cats were often tortured, along with their unfortunate humans, before being burnt, or buried alive.
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omorfh gata:)
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Kioyria!!!
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γιούρια ? :P
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είχε έρθει με τους χίπις στα Μάταλα :P . . . είναι γάτα ράτσας marley , bob συγκεκρίμενα :)
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Pou tin vrikes tin anipsia mou?
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δεν σε περιμενα για τοσο ρετρο...
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ε σε ψάχνει η μεταφορική 5 μέρες τώρα και δεν σε βρίσκει .. . σου στέλνω μνμ διάβασε το !!!
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