cat sìth

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The fairy cat of Scottish Gaelic tradition, described as being as large as a dog, black, with a white spot on its breast, with an arched back and erect bristles. High-landers commonly explained the cat síth as a transformed witch, not a fairy. The cat síth may be related to the demonic cat sometimes known as ‘Big Ears’ summoned in the brutal divination ceremony known as the taghairm, in which cats were roasted alive for four days. See also CATH PULAC.

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