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Why people threw cats from the belfry in the Middle Ages

aprilapril ModeratorPosts: 9,839 mod
edited May 2015 in Myths and Legends
The history of the Cat Parade in Belgium.

http://www.kattenstoet.be/en/page/497/history.html


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  • dujiannantoridujiannantori Posts: 486 ✭✭✭
    It is a wired festival... the last one was taken place yesterday. I would dress like a cat at halloween though, like a cat woman :) .
  • aprilapril Moderator Posts: 9,839 mod
    Yes, it happened yesterday and it's weird, @dujiannantori .
    Fortunately, they only throw toys now and not living cats.
  • aprilapril Moderator Posts: 9,839 mod
    @Xanthippe, maybe we could read the French text about this event tomorrow?
  • mheredgemheredge Wordsmith Here and therePosts: 24,539 mod
    I'm not sure if I like the idea even of toy cats being maltreated @april. But cats do get punished for the evil image they seem to have picked up.
  • BubblyBubbly Nightingale Posts: 29,866 ✭✭✭✭✭✭
    They can better help the real ones instead of wasting time and money on this parade.
  • aprilapril Moderator Posts: 9,839 mod
    I don't like the idea either.
    This is the first time I heard about it, actually.
    I don't understand that GAIA organisation doesn't comment anything about it.
  • mheredgemheredge Wordsmith Here and therePosts: 24,539 mod
    I would worry children might not distinguish between toy and real cats.
  • chyijungchyijung Posts: 1,893 ✭✭✭✭
    " What was the reason for abusing cats in numerous folk festivals? A plausible reason is that there simply were too many cats. The animals were so numerous that they were a pest. "

    Pity cat
  • aprilapril Moderator Posts: 9,839 mod
    Yes, @chyijung, at that time it could be the only solution for this problem.
    I think it's okay to mention this tradition as a legacy, but the idea that they now make it as a joyful happening is not really appropriate.
  • chyijungchyijung Posts: 1,893 ✭✭✭✭
    @april I think it is not a big deal since they use toy cats and everyone enjoys the parade. But as people have concern about that, I think they can improve it a little bit, A cat parade without throwing cats or cats with parachute or supercats with cloaks.
  • dujiannantoridujiannantori Posts: 486 ✭✭✭
    re you serious? @april you want them to throw real cat? you re wireder!! :D
  • aprilapril Moderator Posts: 9,839 mod

    re you serious? @april you want them to throw real cat? you re wireder!! :D

    ?????, @dujiannantori ?
    Where do you read it?
  • aprilapril Moderator Posts: 9,839 mod
    So, normally you were abnormal and after the bite you're abnormally normal, @Frank ?

  • chyijungchyijung Posts: 1,893 ✭✭✭✭
    Poor Frank, did the shop owner ask you for compensation?
  • mheredgemheredge Wordsmith Here and therePosts: 24,539 mod
    Cat bites are notorious @Frank. My cat once bit me on a finger and next day I had to go to the hospital as my hand had swollen up like a balloon. They pumped me full of penicillin, despite the fact that I normally avoid penicillin, arguing that it was the best to take regardless of any adverse side effects it might have.

    Do you often foam at the mouth Frank?
  • FrankFrank Moderator Posts: 5,537 mod
    I only foam around my mouth when I'm shaving @mheredge
  • FrankFrank Moderator Posts: 5,537 mod
    I guess it's something like that indeed @april
  • FrankFrank Moderator Posts: 5,537 mod
    Maybe he did @chyijung, but although I speak some Croatian language, I wasn't quite concentrating on what he was shouting. However I don't think anything was broken, but he had to rearrange a lot of piles that had fallen down.
  • BubblyBubbly Nightingale Posts: 29,866 ✭✭✭✭✭✭
    edited May 2015
    @Frank so conclusion of the above story is that you are seeking help to get normal. :)
  • FrankFrank Moderator Posts: 5,537 mod
    Is it normal to diagnose yourself @bubbli? (Sorry I know it's not the question game).
  • BubblyBubbly Nightingale Posts: 29,866 ✭✭✭✭✭✭
    @Frank It's still normal if you don't diagnose yourself too much. :)
  • FrankFrank Moderator Posts: 5,537 mod
    Okay, thanks! That's a relieve @bubbli!
  • BubblyBubbly Nightingale Posts: 29,866 ✭✭✭✭✭✭
    @Frank :) :) :) ignorance is a bliss.
  • FrankFrank Moderator Posts: 5,537 mod
    edited May 2015
    @bubbli That's true:

  • BubblyBubbly Nightingale Posts: 29,866 ✭✭✭✭✭✭
    @Frank perfect and imperfect are relative terms. :)
  • aprilapril Moderator Posts: 9,839 mod
    I do not consider myself as cat's best friend, but they always come to me.
    Once a strange cat gave birth to some kittens in my wardrobe. :(
  • mheredgemheredge Wordsmith Here and therePosts: 24,539 mod
    You should consider yourself very honoured @april. She must have trusted you to anbuse your hospitality in such a way!
  • LynneLynne Your Teacher HomePosts: 8,820 mod
    edited May 2015
    Watch out April, she was trying to turn you into a cat lady.

    Thank you for the giggles @Frank.
  • mheredgemheredge Wordsmith Here and therePosts: 24,539 mod
    Hehe @ Lynne. You always see straight through me!
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