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The Owl Symbol

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The Owl Symbol

In modern West culture owls are generally associates with wisdom.

This link goes back at least as far as Ancient Greece, where Athens, noted for art and scholarship, and Athena, Athens' patron goddess and the goddess of wisdom, had the owl as a symbol. Marija Gimbutas traces veneration of the owl as a goddess, among other birds, to the culture of Old Europe, long pre-dating Indo-European cultures.

In Hinduism, an owl is the vahana, mount, of Goddess Lakshmi.

In Arab mythology, owls are seen as bad omens.

In the culture of the Uto-Aztec tribe, the Hopi, taboos surround owls, which are associated with sorcery and other evils.

Among the Kikuyu of Kenya it was believed that owls were harbingers of death. If one saw an owl or heard its hoot, someone was going to die. In general, owls are viewed as harbingers of bad luck, ill health, or death. The belief is widespread even today.

Graphical characteristics:
Symmetric, Open shape, Monochrome, Contains both straight and curved lines, Has crossing lines.

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