OWL and its Superstitions
I had a very magical experience in my childhood.It was in summer of 99, when one fine afternoon an owl came and sat on my bedroom window .It was huge and magnificent.I couldn’t keep my eyes off him,it then turned his head and within a blink of an eye it flew.But that look was enough for me to believe in magic.How could a bird turn its head almost 270 degrees.
I always use to joke with my sister that one day i will hold this beautiful bird and she use to laugh saying it will never happen.
In 2014 i was wandering around the streets of Edinburgh Scotland and suddenly my eyes caught the sight of this lady standing with an owl.I was shocked i hadn’t seen an owl for a decade .I asked her if it was her pet and answer was “YES”.
She gave me the Owl and he Stared straight into my eyes.He then turned his head almost 270 degrees and that was the moment.To be honest i more amazed then being scared but it was magical.
Owls are one of the oldest spices on this planet and is one of the most interesting birds.
There are lots of superstitions when it comes to Owls Like:
1.In ancient Greece, owls were often seen as a symbol of good fortune.
2.)In contrast, the Romans saw owls as omens of impending disaster.
3)In Malaya it was believed that owls ate new-born babies, the Swahili believed that owls brought sickness to children, in Arabia it was believed that owls were evil spirits that carried children off in the night.
4.)In Algeria, it was believed that if the right eye of an Eagle Owl was placed in the hand of a sleeping woman, that she would tell everything you wanted to know
5.)British beliefs about owls that if a owl is heard amongst houses then an unmarried girl has lost her virginity. Another Welsh belief is that if a pregnant woman hears an owl, her child will be blessed.
6.)in Cameroon, it has no name, it is only referred to as “the bird that makes you afraid”),
7.)In the Lorraine region of France, owls are believed to help spinsters find husbands.
8.)In Romania, it is said that the souls of repentant sinners fly to heaven as Snowy Owls.
9.)In India ‘food’ made from owls was believed to have many medicinal properties curing seizures in children .
10.)Blakiston’s Fish Owl (Ketupa blakistoni) is one of the most important gods of the native Ainu people of Hokkaidu, in Japan. It is called “kotan kor kamuy”, which means the “god of the village” or “god who defends the village”.
11.)In Poland it was believed that girls who died unmarried turned into doves, while those who died married turned into owls. It was also believed that owls did not come out during the day because they were so beautiful & would be mobbed by other birds out of jealousy.
12.One of the Chinese names for owls is “xiao”, these owls have the associated legend of being evil birds that ate their own mothers. The Chinese character representing “xiao” is used in expressions relating to ferocity & bravery.
13.)In Russia, hunters used to carry owl claws, so that their souls could use them to climb to heaven when they died.
Owl are the only bird with so many beliefs and superstitions .It is there in every mythology book on this planet and also features in movies like HarryPorter.
For me OWL has some magical powers and there has to be a reason why it only comes out in Dark .It is the most anti social bird and lonely bird .It is never seen in Flocks,all it needs is just one mate for their life and rest are often viewed as enemy .
It my favorite bird and i will always cherish that look.
BABA AND OWL