5 Myths And Superstitions About Owls
Several birds are immersed in folklore, however the owl is a raptor with no dearth of legends. On this are five of our personal favourites:
1. Owls are known for having amazing eyesight, and it was formerly thought that you might learn to see better by watching them.
In England, owl eggs were cooked until they were ash, then incorporated into a potion. Indian folklore suggested a more straightforward approach: simply eat owl eyeballs.
2. In so many traditions, along with several Native American tribes, owls considered an omen of death. Having a dream of an owl, for example, spoke of impending death for Apaches.
Boreal owl cries were a call from the spirits to the Cree population, and if you replied the owl with just a whistling and didn’t get a reply, it meant your death was near.
Burrowing owls, on the other side, were thought to be guardian spirits for warriors by the Dakota Hidatsa.
3. The owl was considered sacred in several civilizations. Owls are considered holy by Australian Aborigines because they are the souls of women.
The Kwakiutl people also believed that owls carried people’s souls and that they should not be attacked though if the owl being murdered, the person whose spirit the owl carried might also perish.
In reality, many societies considered that after death, a human transformed into an owl.
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4. In fact, owls are associated with witchcraft. Witches, according to Greeks and Romans, might transform into owls and visit to suck blood of newborns in this form.
In some civilizations, owls were merely witches’ messengers, or hooted to alert of a witch’s arrival.
5. Though the owl’s nighttime activities were at the basis of many superstitions, the incredible capacity of an owl to swivel its neck to unprecedented degrees became a fiction.
In England, it was thought that if you went around a tree where an owl was sitting, the owl might pursue you with its gaze until something wrung its own neck.