Owls are featured in many different cultures around the world. Beliefs revolving around them vary, some cultures see them as wise and helpful, others see them as a bad omen and could be associated with witchcraft or death. Below I will be listing owls from different cultures and the roles they play.
Greek - The Goddess Athena's owl was a representation of knowledge and wisdom. She is often depicted with an owl on her arm.
Cahuilla Tribe - The God Muut is an owl who guides souls to the afterlife.
Apache - The Apache people believe that if you dream about an owl it can signify approaching death.
Hopi - The Burrowing Owl is their God of the dead and guardian of fires.
England - It is believed that if an owl flies past the window of a person that is sick, it means imminent death.
Roman - It is believed that if you nail a dead owl to your door it was a good way to keep evil spirits away.
Zuni Tribe - If you place an owl's feather in a baby's crib it keeps evil spirits away.
Cameroon - The people of Cameroon have such a fear of owls that they only call it "the bird that makes you afraid" because they believe it is a very strong source of evil.
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