Dogs vs. Cats

The twenty-two year old female informant born in the Gabonese Republic, a state located on the west coast of Central Africa, revealed that in her country dogs are valued pets where she is from. Dogs supposedly protect from evil spirits. “When a spirit comes the dog will tell the spirit to count the hairs on his body. The spirit will begin to count but will eventually give up and flee.” Cats, on the other hand are perceived, as evil creatures that can be used by spirits, especially black cats. It is rare for them to be kept as house pets.