Sweet smelling perfume was believed to attract good spirits, and strong foul odours such as garlic was believed to ward off evil spirits.
The Egyptians believed that the ear was a particularly vulnerable organ; allowing demons to easily enter to capture the soul; thus earrings had to be carefully designed in order to disallow malevolent spirits to enter the body.
When babies were born they would not be bathed for 2 weeks, in order to deflect the evil eye.
Leaving shoes upside down was said to bring forth bad luck.
The colour turquoise is said to ward off the evil eye.
Do not open and close scissors through empty air for one could be cutting or disturbing the spirits, and once again one could face bad luck.
The Egyptians believed that the number 13 brings good fortune.
Suddenly awaking someone caused a high risk of their soul to escape their body.
If women wanted to create a delectable meal, they would throw salt over their shoulders beforehand.
If a black cat crosses one’s path it will bring bad luck.
If a couple wanted good luck in their marriage, the bride would be pinched by all the female attendants on the wedding day.
The belief that a cat had nine lives goes back to Ancient Egypt.
Cats were prosecuted almost as much as witches during the middle ages in Europe. People assumed that cats were witches familiars or demon accomplices in mischief. We all know that simply is not true and cats are the best. I illustrated various breeds!
Demon Cat (or D.C.) is the name given to the ghost of a cat which is purported to haunt the government buildings of Washington, D.C..
The story of the Demon Cat dates back to the days when cats were brought into the basement tunnels of the Capitol buildings to kill rats. Legend states that the Demon Cat is one who never left. Its home is supposedly the basement crypt of the Capitol which was originally intended as a burial chamber for President George Washington.
According to legend, the cat is seen before presidential elections and tragedies in Washington DC, allegedly being spotted by White House security guards the nights before the assassinations of John F. Kennedy and Abraham Lincoln. The cat is described as fully black and the size of an average house cat; but witnesses report that the cat swells to “the size of a giant tiger”, 10 feet by 10 feet, when alerted. The cat would then either explode or pounce at the witness, disappearing before it managed to catch its ‘victim’.
In the 1890s the cat is said to have inexplicably vanished when some Capitol Hill guards fired at it, and another supposedly died of a heart attack after seeing it.
Some hauntings at the castle include the ghost of an unknown lady waving from the castle windows. No one knows who this mystery apparition may be or why she is waving. A disappearing man wearing wellington boots has also been reported. People see him walking along the road to the castle but when they glance away and look back he vanishes. He is supposed to look as solid and real as any living person. In 2009 an elusive and mysterious large black cat was photographed near the castle as well. The report and photo can be foundhere.
The current structure, uninhabited for at least two hundred years, is primarily of 14th century origin. A Norman style wooden motte and bailey castle occupied the site from the 1100’s, when it was constructed by an Anglo-Norman settler, Freskin de Moravia, who had settled in Moray at the invitation of King David 1st. The lordship of Duffus later passed, through failure of the male line of Freskin, to the Sutherland family. A son of the male Freskin line, Andrew Moray, gained fame as an associate of Sir William Wallace, dying from wounds he received at the Battle of Stirling Bridge in 1297.