Tomorrow night is Halloween. All kinds of evil things will occur. The dead will rise from their graves. Ghosts will run the streets. Satan will do his sinful work. Children may be stolen.
Witches will be out and about. Satan’s mates. Cats scurrying about. Especially, black ones.
Lock yourselves indoors!
Witchcraft was in vogue from the 1200s through the 1600s. The Catholic cry was to get rid of the witches. They were the Devil’s representatives on earth. Good people were burned at the stake.
Cats got involved. Witches and cats go together. Cats were linked to Satanism and witchcraft.
Some Pope in the 11oo’s decried cats were diabolical, associated with the Devil. Cats began to have their own Inquisition. They were tortured and culled, just as humans during the Spanish Inquisition.
In 1233, a Trump type was Pope. Gregory IX. He needed to enhance his image. He issued a papal bull. Vox in Rama. In it, Gregory clearly spelled out the relatioship between cats and the Devil. An evil marriage.
That was it for cats. Cat executions significantly increased. They were executed in large numbers. Very few, if any, cats existed for 400 years.
Cats were #1 rat predators. Without cats, the rat population flourished. Rats were the ones that spread the bubonic plague aka black death.
It took 100 years for the effect of the slaughter of the cats to be felt. Europe experienced its first bubonic plague outbreak in the early 1300’s. Three more thereafter. It is estimated 50 million died. The number represented 50-60 percent of the world’s population at the time.
All because a Pope assumed cats were evil.
Cats generally carried fleas in their body hair. The fleas were infected with the plague. The plague was transferred from the cats to humans in 2 ways. A cat would bite or scratch a human. Or, the fleas carried in cat hairs jumped over onto a human’s body.
It was game on! The plague bacillus is known as Yersinia pestis. It found its way into a person’s nearest lymph node where it replicated itself.
There has never been a vaccine for the bubonic plague. Modern day medicines have been developed however which can cure the plague infection if timely received.
The plague was born because a Pope thought cats were in some manner related to the Devil and recommended the death of all cats.
A brilliant move thought he. People acclaimed him. The Pope a precursor to Trump, though by many years.
Enjoy your day!