The owl why is in some countries lucky and in the some's the sign of unfortunately?
It was the complement of the first question.
- 1 decade agoFavorite Answer
Essentially, it speakes to the sticking power of superstition, legend, myth and religion.
In the culture of some Native Americans, (e.g. the Native American Hopi nation), taboos often surround owls and they are often associated with evil or sorcery.
The Aztecs and Mayans, along with other natives of Mesoamerica, considered the Owl a symbol of death and destruction. In fact, the Aztec god of death, Mictlantecuhtli, was often depicted with owls. There is a saying in Spanish that is still in use today: cuando el tecolote canta, el indio se muere ("when the owl cries/sings, the Indian dies"). Other Native American Tribes saw the owl as the carrier of the elders' spirits
The Moche people of ancient Peru worshipped the animal and often depicted owls in their art.
In Japanese culture, owls are seen as either negative or positive symbols depending on species. Sometimes owls are seen as divine messengers of the gods, while Barn or Horned owls are perceived as demonic figures.
In Indian culture, a white owl is considered a companion of Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth, and therefore a harbinger of prosperity. The owl has been adapted as an emblem to reflect its implications of wisdom (Wise old owl) by a revered military institution in India known as the Defence Service Staff College. In colloquial use, however, it is commonly used to refer to stupidity.
The demoness Lilith is thought to have been associated with (screech) owls as well, by way of the KJV translation of the passage in Isaiah 34:14. Prior to the rise of Islam, owls were considered bad omens and associated with evil spirits in most Middle Eastern pagan traditions. In modern times, although such superstitions are less prevalent, owls are still popularly considered "evil" because of their fierce, horrific appearance.
In Greek mythology, the owl, and specifically the Little Owl, was often associated with the goddess Athena, a bird goddess who became associated with wisdom, the arts, and skills, and as a result, owls also became associated with wisdom.
The Romans, in addition to having borrowed the Greek associations of the owl, also considered owls to be funerary birds, due to their nocturnal activity and often having their nests in inaccessible places. As a result, seeing an owl in the daytime was considered a bad omen. The vampiric strix of Roman mythology was in part based on the owl.
Likewise, in Romanian culture, the mournful call of an owl is thought to predict the death of somebody living in the neighbourhood.
In Finland the owl is paradoxically viewed as both a symbol of wisdom, and as a symbol of imbecility (presumably because of its "dumb" stare).
- AquilaLv 41 decade ago
in europe the owl is seen as unlucky because way back when the owl, especially barn owls, were thought to be ghosts of the dead. If you ever see a barn owl floating silently across a field at night you'd think it to be pretty scary too. they say if you see an owl during daylight it is unlucky, so i'm buggered really, i see a european eagle owl everyday. his name is midnight and my partner handreared him.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
No animal or bird can bring fortune or misfortune. All superstitions. Some animals can hurt you and some can feed you.
- MimikLv 41 decade ago
Superstitions rarely make sense. That is why you shouldn't believe in them