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Did you know that in the Middle Ages many people believed in witchcraft during this time, the bat was associated with witches, dark magic, sorcery, and even talking to the dead. People in rural Scotland and northern England suspected bats of being messengers between witches and the devil!
Centuries later, during the Victorian era, Bram Stoker wrote Dracula, which combined mysterious bats with a shape-shifting vampire. As much a morality tale as it is a horror story, Dracula features a title character who turns himself into a bat after sucking the blood of his helpless victims, often virginal young women on the cusp of sexual awakening. Dr. Elizabeth Miller of the Florida Bat Conservation Center writes that Stoker was inspired, while writing his classic, by a newspaper article, in which a victim was allegedly drained of blood by a vampire bat. As Dr. Miller points out, however, vampire bats are small, a fact which Stoker conveniently ignored.
While Europeans were busy associating bats with witches and dark magic, the Mayans celebrated a god named Camazotz. He was a monstrous creature with the head and wings of a bat and the body of a man and was associated with human sacrifice. For explorers like Cortez and his conquistadors, with European heritage and background, a bat god like Camazotz would have been terrifying.
The bat is also seen as a trickster in some societies, particularly in North American tribal cultures. Like Coyote, the bat often appears in cautionary tales. Of note, Bat is also associated with clarity of vision and intuition, perhaps due the creature’s ability to fly about at night when other animals are sleeping.
In Eastern cultures, there tends to be a very different view of bats. Rather than seeing them as harbingers of death or symbols of black sorcery as Western societies do, people in China honor the bat as a symbol of happiness and long life. Five bats in a group together is a five-fold blessing: financial security, longevity, good health, a virtuous life, and a natural death.