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Mythology from other parts of the world often give owls a more sinister role. Although the Romans adopted many elements of Greek religion, Roman folklore also featured dangerous owl-like creatures that could suck out the life force of an infant. Similarly, in Arabian mythology, owls were birds of ill omen. Legend had it that owls would hoot over the graves of murdered men, and their eggs were thought to have supernatural properties. Similar beliefs are known to exist or have existed in sub-Saharan Africa, where owls play the role of harbingers of death or bringers of ill luck. In South and Central America, owls are again connected with death and the underworld. In Mayan mythology, Xibalba, "the place of fear," is ruled by two death gods, Hun-Came ("One Death") and Vucub-Came ("Seven Death"). Their messengers are four spirits who take the shape of owls. Similarly, the Aztec god Mictlantecuhtli, god of the dead, appears as a skeleton wearing a headdress of owl feathers. The Native American nations of North America had a wide variety of different roles for owls in their mythology. In some cultures, the owl played the role of a messenger from the underworld, while in others, such as the Sioux, it was a guardian which protected the entrance to the afterlife. The Passamaquoddy nation told a story in which the bird was a helpful spirit that provided humans with magical gifts.
Originally posted by trixieKitten
reply to post by this_is_who_we_are
Favorite show ever. I pretty much watch the entire series every 2 or 3 months. It got me obsessed with Owls (mostly just the cute decorative ones, or jewelry lol) and I have a mini red room at the bottom of my basement stairs!!
To the OP, I enjoyed looking through your post, and as much as Owls can scare me and creep me out, I also think they can be positive, powerful & beautiful spiritual animals, and it's interesting to see how other cultures may have felt the same.
Originally posted by CrypticSouthpaw
Anyone remeber this movie?
Originally posted by six67seven
Your thread makes me want to go hunt and kill a snake, er... an owl, er... a dragon...
I'm so confused!!