Saturday, February 20, 2010

Owl Articles

A wise owl or a foolish oolu?
by: Peter Foster

Since I started learning Hindi, I've been fascinated and perplexed by the fact that in India an "owl" or "oolu" - is not considered wise as in Britain but is used as a term of fairly gentle derogation, meaning "dolt" or "fool". [Read More]

Owl at the Medieval Bestiary

Latin name: Noctua
Other names: Bubo, Bubone, Chouette, Fresaie, Hibou, Huen, Huerans, Huhan, Nicticorax, Night raven, Night-owl, Noctua, Nycticorax, Strix, Ulula
The owl is a dirty bird that prefers darkness to light. The owl haunts ruins and flies only at night; preferring to live in darkness it hides from the light. It is a dirty, slothful bird that pollutes its own nest with its dung. It is often found near tombs and lives in caves. Some say it flies backwards. When other birds see it hiding during the day, they noisily attack it to betray its hiding place. Owls cry out when they sense that someone is about to die. [Read More]

Owl Symbolism at Wikipedia

In many parts of the world, owls have been associated with death and misfortune, likely due to their nocturnal activity and common screeching call. However, owls have also been associated with wisdom and prosperity, frequently being companion animals for goddesses. In Hindu Mythology, the barn owl is considered to be vehicle of Goddess Lakshmi (Goddess of Wealth) and thus it is considered lucky if an owl resides near your house. [Read More]

Reposted from MySpace blog November 05, 2008

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