How did the characteristic of wisdom come to be associated with the owl?

  1. wingedcentaur profile image84
    wingedcentaurposted 7 years ago

    How did the characteristic of wisdom come to be associated with the owl?

  2. MickS profile image70
    MickSposted 7 years ago

    In classical mythology, Athena is wise, the owl is Athena's totem bird.  However, in north and west Europe, the salmon is associated with wisdom.

  3. Powerful Pierre profile image77
    Powerful Pierreposted 7 years ago

    In Greek mythology the owl was a predominant player. The goddess Athena (the goddess of wisdom) always had an owl on her arm according to what is known from folklore, and of course most early tribes associated owls with wisdom.  For Merlin  (the famed magician) the owl was a sign of darkness and wonder. Many western folktails tell of the owl signifying impending death by high pitched screeching. I find this superstition is  obviously for someone who gives a "hoot"  Have a good day.

 
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