Throughout history and across many cultures, people have regarded Owls with fascination and awe. Few other creatures have so many different and contradictory beliefs about them.
* In early Indian folklore, Owls represent wisdom and helpfulness, and have powers of prophecy.
*By the Middle Ages in Europe, the Owl had become the associate of witches and the inhabitant of dark, lonely and profane places, a foolish but feared specter.
*In the mythology of ancient Greece, Athene, the Goddess of Wisdom, honoured the night bird by making him her favourite among feathered creatures. As the symbol of Athene, the Owl was a protector, accompanying Greek armies to war, and providing ornamental inspiration for their daily lives.
*In early Rome a dead Owl nailed to the door of a house averted all evil that it supposedly had earlier caused. To hear the hoot of an Owl presaged imminent death. The deaths of Julius Caesar, Augustus, Commodus Aurelius, and Agrippa were apparently all predicted by an Owl.
*In English literature the Barn Owl had a sinister reputation probably because it was a bird of darkness, and darkness was always associated with death.
*In parts of northern England it is good luck to see an Owl.
Owls have been both feared and venerated, despised and admired, considered wise and foolish, and associated with witchcraft and medicine, the weather, birth and death.Speculation about Owls began in earliest folklore, too long ago to date, but passed down by word of mouth over generations.
As the zoological aspects of Owls were detailed through close observation, reducing the mystery surrounding these birds. With superstitions dying out in the twentieth century – in the West at least – the Owl has returned to its position as a symbol of wisdom.
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