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Longtime good and bad superstitions about black cats

Longtime good and bad superstitions about black cats

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  • A black house cat has been the subject of good and bad superstitions throughout the history.
  • The people assigned the sinister qualities to black cat.
  • Superstition may be good or bad but not all are true.

The superstition against black cats have been influenced by the prehistoric fear of cats. Although, early men had a big problem with big cats not little house cats. These cats had insatiable carnivorous hunger and since men were not always at the top of the food chain, fear of cats is necessary for survival.

Just like the huge South American Smilodon, a saber toothed tiger.

This early fear of cat have created a distrust against felines, but not all, since cats had become smaller and domesticated. Although, smaller and domesticated, there were still superstitions against black cats.

In the Middle Ages, Normans and Germanic people believed that black cats and black ravens were a sign that death would soon occur. This was the start of the superstition that when a black cat crosses your path, it will bring bad luck. This fear spread throughout Europe and sadly, mass killings of black cats took place. Although there were places in Europe where they have good superstition about the black cat, it was still misunderstood and mistreated.

Black cats are also associated with witches during the Dark Ages where there were many superstitions which resulted from spiritual belief and lack of scientific understanding about nature. People believed that witches and black cats together because the devil sends the black feline to assist the witch’ evil deeds. Allegedly, witches could also turn themselves into black cats so they could just crawl around shadows casting spells on unsuspecting people.

This belief had innocent women (and some men) and black cats persecuted unjustly. Some were killed on the spot and some were burned at stake. Black felines were being eradicated and the population of mice and rats grew which became the reason for the Bubonic Plague where 25 million people died over the course of five years.

When the superstition was take in America, there were persecution of witches and cats that continued through the Salem Witch Trials in America and some other places. They even killed black cats on Shrove Tuesdays, days before Lent. This cemented the black cat superstition in American history and many people used this excuse to justify their mistreatment towards black felines.

Eventually, the Halloween black cat was made and both witches and black cats are now used as a fear factor for this season.

There are other good superstitions about black cats throughout Europe. In England, pirates have mixed feelings about black cats. If the cat walked on and stayed on the ship, it was good luck. If the cat walked on and then off again, the ship would sink. It was also believed that the wives of fishermen out at sea have black cats at home to provide good luck to help the fishermen make it safely home. In some cultures, if the black cat walks towards you, it was bringing good luck. Although, if it walked away, it was taking the luck away from you.

In Japan and some countries in Asia, they only have positive superstitions about cats in general. They are symbols of good fortune and prosperity. The Maneki Neko cat statue which sits on almost all businesses with one paw up, waving in the good fortune. Many young women in Japan domesticate black cats for it was believed that it would bring many suitors.

Although not everywhere, the black cat is a source of good and bad luck. There are places that used to (some still do) praise and worship cats especially black ones.

In Middle East and Egypt, felines are domesticated and have a very special meaning. The Egyptian cat was black and it provided a life-saving service and was revered for its ability to keep royal food stocks safe from rats, mice and other critters. They even had a cat goddess named Bastet who was part cat and part woman. She brings good fortune for those who domesticate and give their houses to cats.

Cats in Egypt were seen as embodiment of gods which were the reason why they were worshipped making it to kill one (even accidentally) a penalty for death. Their love and respect for black cats were so strong that they would often mummify their cats after death. They would mourn their cat’s death as if a family member had died. Sometimes, owners and their cats are even buried together.

Sadly, even in our modern world some still fear for the black cat. However, a lot more understand that there is no basis against the superstition against black cats. They still get mistreated especially in Halloween. If anyone has ever owned a black cat, they know that the color of its fur doesn’t make a difference. If they respect it and give it love and affection, it will bring them many years of good luck and joy.

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LOOK: Is this man staring at his own lifeless body?

LOOK: Is this man staring at his own lifeless body?

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Just before Halloween ended, the photo of a man who seemed to be looking at his own lifeless body made the rounds on social media.

Netizen Arnold Aprid posted the photo last November 1, 2015. According to Aprid, the photo was taken at North Olympus Subdivision, Zabarte, Fairview, Quezon City. The man who was looking at the victim wore the same shirt and and seemed to have the same blond hair like the man lying down on the road.

Creepy: Is the man wearing a green shirt the same man who was lying on the road? Photo Credit: Arnold Aprid
Is the man wearing the green shirt the same man who is lying on the road?
Photo Credit: Arnold Aprid

The creepy photo went viral on Facebook and earned different comments from netizens. Some say it really was the soul of the victim because of the uncanny similarity while others say it was just a coincidence that another man was wearing the same clothes.

What do you think? Leave a comment below.

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Halloween reveller develops nasty eye infection after wearing zombie-style contact lenses

Halloween reveller develops nasty eye infection after wearing zombie-style contact lenses

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Revellers planning to wear novelty contact lenses may want to take the horror out of Halloween by doing away with these scary accessories.

A 24-year-old Halloween reveller in the UK developed a nasty eye infection after wearing a set of Zombie-style contact lenses.

Sarah Richards, a beauty therapist, bought the novelty contact lenses for £10 which she wore during her friend’s party. Apparently, Richards, who admitted to having a few drinks that night, fell asleep wearing the lenses.

PHOTO CREDIT: NewsBe
PHOTO CREDIT: NewsBe

She woke up the next day in absolute agony and discomfort because of the contact lenses. Richards even had to scrape the lenses just to get them out.

Richards recounted: “I had to physically prise my eyes apart. I could only see a tiny bit of light when I finally did open my eyes.”

Fearing that the novelty lenses caused permanent damage to her eyes, Richards went to an NHS (National Health Service) drop-in center to have her eyes checked. She was given eye drops and an eye bath and was advised not to wear lenses or any makeup. They also told her to refrain from straining her eyes.

“My pupils were scratched and sore and just felt raw, like they had been covered in grit,” Richards revealed.

Because of the ordeal, Richards was not able to work for a week.

Dr. David Allamby, a leading laser eye surgeon, revealed that improper wearing of novelty contact lenses can lead to ulcer, eye infection, and even blindness.

“Decorative contact lenses need to be treated in the same way as prescription contact lenses – you need to have thorough guidance in how to use them along with a plan for follow-up care,” Allamby added.

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DIY: 10 Pinoy Pop Culture icons you can impersonate for Halloween

DIY: 10 Pinoy Pop Culture icons you can impersonate for Halloween

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Stumped on what to wear for Halloween?

Turn on your televisions and log on to your social media accounts and you just might get your inspiration from there.

Halloween is a great time to be creative and think out of the box. Why not go for some homegrown inspirations this year? The Dailypedia lists 10 Pinoy pop culture icons that you can use as inspiration when you go trick-or-treating. You won’t even have to stress over finding the perfect outfit since these only have one or two key pieces or elements.

1. Lola Nidora

Photo from www.gmanetwork.com
Photo from www.gmanetwork.com

Just put on a very thick layer of foundation to cover your eyebrows and go crazy with an eyebrow pencil and you’re good to go. Just wear a dress with a large print and get a matching colored fascinator or hat, flats, and a black Chanel bag and you’re the spitting image of Lola Nidora. Don’t forget to dance Lola Nidora-style when “Dessert” is played on the speakers and greet friends with, “Babalaaaaaa…”

To make it even more interesting, why not get a bunch of guy friends, have them wear blue polo barongs, slacks, and sunglasses so you have your own Rogelios with you.

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VIRAL: Is this a photo of a headless student?

VIRAL: Is this a photo of a headless student?

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Jeramae Kho, a student from Talamban, Cebu City, was supposedly able to get a photo a headless student while taking a photograph together with her classmates during lunch break. They were shocked and scared when they noticed that a female student in the background appeared to be headless.

Photo Credit: Jeramae Kho
Photo Credit: Jeramae Kho

The photo was posted on Facebook with the caption: “Sa school namin yan… student naglalakad ng walang ulo – feeling scared.” Reactions to the photo ranged from fear to accusations that it was manipulated via Photoshop.

Photo Credit: Jeramae Kho
Photo Credit: Jeramae Kho

According to urban legends, when a person is seen headless in a picture, it means he/she will die soon.

So, do you think the photo is  really true or is it merely a hoax? What do you think? Leave a comment below.

 

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What Halloween costumes attract the opposite sex more?

What Halloween costumes attract the opposite sex more?

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Did you know Halloween may be your chance to find the love of your life? Aside from the sheer fun of putting on a costume for Halloween, getting all dressed up can also help you catch someone’s eye. Dating website Zoosk conducted a survey to find out what costumes attracted the opposite sex more. With an abundance of characters to choose from, the results of the survey were very straightforward. When men were asked what costumes attracted them more, they said they preferred more revealing costumes. The survey showed that 71% of men would be more interested in getting to know a woman in a super sexy costume. (Take note on the “getting to know” part. These men aren’t just up for hook ups.) Five percent of the men, on the other hand, say they would approach a woman if she was wearing a scary costume.

Photo from www.princecharlescinema.com
Photo from www.princecharlescinema.com

The survey also found that 66% of single respondents think Halloween is a good time to find a date. This is the one time of the year you can be a little more daring than usual. According to the website YourTango, “The question of sexy versus skanky costumes is one that hits the news cycle every year, so to know that some good can come out of being scantily clad on Halloween should be a big ‘take that!’ to the haters.”

Photo from cinespia.org
Photo from cinespia.org

A very memorable line from the movie Mean Girls says, “Halloween is the one night a year when girls can dress like a total slut and no other girls can say anything about it.” Just don’t overdo it, though.

What should men wear, you ask? Well, women actually prefer men who dress up like funny and imaginative characters. About 50% of the women asked said they would be attracted to someone in an amusing costume. What could be the explanation for this? It’s probably because women can see the effort these men put into their costumes. Even if it’s just a simple red-and-white-striped top and jeans ala Where’s Waldo, there’s no denying that guy must have some imagination. Featured photo from chimes.biola.edu

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Celebrities in Their Halloween Costume (plus some Halloween-related posts)…Who’s Your Favorite?

Celebrities in Their Halloween Costume (plus some Halloween-related posts)…Who’s Your Favorite?

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It is that time again for people to showcase their best Halloween costumes, in hopes that they win the “Best in Costume” Award or “Most Creative Costume” Award  or just about any award available. Of course, our celebrities won’t let this opportunity pass to show their playful or scary sides. We’re posting here some of the costume posts made by celebrities, just in time for Halloween 2014.

Georgina Wilson

Photo credit: Georgina Wilson/@ilovegeorgina
Photo credit: Georgina Wilson/@ilovegeorgina

Andi Eigenmann

The zombie turned unicorn (her own caption) Photo credit: Andi Eigenmann/@andieigengirl
The zombie turned unicorn (her own caption)
Photo credit: Andi Eigenmann/@andieigengirl

Enchong Dee

...alright, this is not his official Halloween costume...it's not even a Halloween costume but we're placing this one here, anyway (*wink) Photo credit: Enchong Dee/@superchonggo
…alright, this is not his official Halloween costume…it’s not even a Halloween costume but we’re placing this one here, anyway (*wink)
Photo credit: Enchong Dee/@superchonggo

Luis Manzano

Caption and photo by Luis Manzano/@luckymanzano PAKIUSAP LANG PO, WAG NIYO GAMITIN ANG MUKHA KO BILANG HALLOWEEN MASK.... BAKA HINDI NIYO KAYANIN ANG PRESSURE AT PURO PURI NG KAGWAPUHAN, MASASAKTAN LANG PO KAYO. #angkapalngundas #susubokpakayoha #undasnangafeelingpogipa
Caption and photo by Luis Manzano/@luckymanzano
PAKIUSAP LANG PO, WAG NIYO GAMITIN ANG MUKHA KO BILANG HALLOWEEN MASK…. BAKA HINDI NIYO KAYANIN ANG PRESSURE AT PURO PURI NG KAGWAPUHAN, MASASAKTAN LANG PO KAYO. #angkapalngundas #susubokpakayoha #undasnangafeelingpogipa

Ryzza Mae Dizon

Photo credit: Ryzza Mae Dizon/@ryzzamaechacha
Photo credit: Ryzza Mae Dizon/@ryzzamaechacha
Photo credit: Ryzza Mae Dizon/@ryzzamaechacha
Photo credit: Ryzza Mae Dizon/@ryzzamaechacha
Photo credit: Ryzza Mae Dizon/@ryzzamaechacha
Photo credit: Ryzza Mae Dizon/@ryzzamaechacha
Photo credit: Ryzza Mae Dizon/@ryzzamaechacha
Photo credit: Ryzza Mae Dizon/@ryzzamaechacha

Vhong Navarro

Photo credit: Vhong Navarro/@vhongx44
Photo credit: Vhong Navarro/@vhongx44

Marian Rivera

Photo credit: Marian Rivera/@therealmarian
Photo credit: Marian Rivera/@therealmarian

Solenn Heussaff

Photo credit: Solenn Heussaff/@solennheussaff
Photo credit: Solenn Heussaff/@solennheussaff

Vice Ganda and his Minions

Photo credit: Vice Ganda/@praybeytbenjamin
Photo credit: Vice Ganda/@praybeytbenjamin

Ryan Agoncillo

Photo credit: Ryan Agoncillo/@thatsmytatayryan
Photo credit: Ryan Agoncillo/@thatsmytatayryan

Ruby Rodriguez

 

Photo credit: Ruby Rodriguez/@rodriguezruby
Photo credit: Ruby Rodriguez/@rodriguezruby

Ruffa Gutierrez 

Photo credit: Ruffa Gutierrez/@iloveruffag
Photo credit: Ruffa Gutierrez/@iloveruffag

Pauleen Luna

Photo credit: Pauleen Luna/@PauleenLuna
Photo credit: Pauleen Luna/@PauleenLuna

Mariel Rodriguez

 

Photo credit: Mariel Rodriguez/marieltpadilla
Photo credit: Mariel Rodriguez/marieltpadilla

Alice Dixon

Photo credit: Rappler
Photo credit: Rappler

 

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The Scariest and Most Creative Halloween Makeup Ideas…

The Scariest and Most Creative Halloween Makeup Ideas…

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If you want to win the “Best in Costume” award at the Halloween party you are planning to attend, don’t just focus on your costume and your hair – make sure to try some of these scariest Halloween makeup ideas, guaranteed to make other people scream!

Zombie!
Zombie!
Cosmic Alien Girl
Cosmic Alien Girl
Wooden Doll
Wooden Doll
Silent Demon Child
Silent Demon Child
Crazy Chesire Cat
Crazy Chesire Cat
X-ray Lady
X-ray Lady
Screaming Demon
Screaming Demon
Snow Queen
Snow Queen
Two-faced Zombie
Two-faced Zombie
Demon
Demon
Exposed Skull
Exposed Skull
Old Vampire
Old Vampire
Screaming Demon Lady
Screaming Demon Lady
Screaming Harlequin Girl
Screaming Harlequin Girl
Zombie Witch
Zombie Witch
Beautiful Zombie
Beautiful Zombie
Fleshy Zombie
Fleshy Zombie

…we hope you win the “Best Costume” Award at the party with the Halloween makeup ideas you found here…feel free to share your photos with us 🙂

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Nancy Binay’s SONA gown is Best Halloween Costume

Nancy Binay’s SONA gown is Best Halloween Costume

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Nancy Binay's SONA outfit is now a Halloween costume
Nancy Binay’s SONA outfit is now a Halloween costume

It’s the season of Trick or Treats and Halloween parties. For sure, kids all over the world are enjoying their costumes be it of their favorite superheroes and cartoon characters, or the scariest ones. There are also some adults who loves to dress up for the season to show their creativity.

Out of hundreds of photos being shared online related to this year’s Halloween, this one really stands out. Inspired by our very own senator Nancy Binay’s outfit in the State of the Nation Address (SONA) 2014, this is probably the most surprising Halloween costume even worn!

Carrying a caption of “Best Costume Everrrrrr”, the photo shared by  Yeoh Navarrete Egwaras on her Facebook account and featured in Rachfeed’s blog is certainly the best costume out there. The said photo is now ‘liked’ by 300 people and shared more than a hundred times in Facebook. The number is increasing as of this writing so you might see it as well on your news feed today.

This gown by Sen. Nancy Binay was also a trending news when she worn it in SONA back in July. Will this Halloween costume follow the same fate? We’ll see but seeing the photo really made our day.

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Engkantong Itim Visits, Courts Student in Her Dorm Room

Engkantong Itim Visits, Courts Student in Her Dorm Room

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Just in time for Halloween, ABS-CBN’s Umagang Kay Ganda offered a segment entitled “Umagang Kilabot Presents: Dalaw”. It did not matter that the video was aired by the show on a bright, sunny morning, because the story was so creepy it continues to haunt my dreams…

In the story, college freshman Ivie Bolido encountered an ‘engkantong itim’ (black supernatural being) inside her dorm room. This black creature apparently fell in love with her. At first, he did not show himself but Ivie could feel a presence inside the room.

Later on, he began to manifest himself, both in her waking and sleeping hours. According to Ivie, there was even one instance when she dreamt that he was on top of her and holding her hand – does that mean the engkantong itim was an incubus?

There was also another instance when he took her to an old house and offered her a bag of gold. When she refused the gift and returned it to him, the gold turned to mud.

Photo credit: Umagang Kay Ganda
Photo credit: Umagang Kay Ganda

She tried with all her might to resist the supernatural being. Many times she would place salt around her room, to try warding him off, yet he continued to haunt her dreams. She also fervently prayed, yet he would also appear beside her while she is praying.

It was not clear why she did not seek help from paranormal experts or why she did not transfer to another dormitory (but then, the being might still be able to follow her there, anyway).

Because the continued dreams with the black creature bothered her a lot, she decided to speak with him. One night, she gained the courage to talk to the engkantong itim, saying, “Hindi ka tao, tao ako…puede naman tayo’ng maging magkaibigan na lang, di ba? (I am human, you are not…Can we just be friends?)

Ivie said that after she said those words, he disappeared. Never to bother her again.

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