The role of an owl as a bad omen stretches back to ancient mythology in a number of cultures. Many cultures believe that owls signal an underworld, represent death or human spirits after death. Owls are not, however, universal omens.Know More
According to the Owl Pages, many ancient cultures have viewed owls in negative light. For example in Indian culture, owls were seen as messengers of bad luck or servants of the dead. In ancient Egypt, India, China, Japan and the Americas, owls were considered the bird of death. Even Shakespeare wrote of the owl as a "fatal bellmen" in "Macbeth."
Some cultures, however, viewed owls in a more positive light. For example, owls were seen in ancient Greece as supernatural protectors, and some Native Americans wore owl feathers as talismans.Learn more about Folklore
Odysseus and his son Telemachus are the only two characters in "Odyssey" to significantly develop over the course of the story. While Telemachus is not as strong a leader as his father, both characters are courageous and intelligent. In any case, it is implied by the end of the story that Telemachus, who is introduced in the story as being 21 years old and therefore about to mature into manhood, is on course to follow in the footsteps of Odysseus and become a skilled leader.Full Answer >
While most Greek goddesses are not always depicted in the exact same outfit, many have a signature style which makes them recognizable. For example, Aphrodite, the goddess of love and symbol for feminine beauty, is always depicted as a beautiful young woman, wearing very elegantly draped clothing and jewelry.Full Answer >
When the horse in the Hanukkah story, "The Horse That Wouldn't Eat Latkes," refuses to eat latkes, it is fed oats instead. Latkes are traditional potato pancakes served by Ashkenazi Jews at Hanukkah celebrations. Latkes are not considered standard horse feed.Full Answer >
The moral of "The Emperor's New Clothes" is that people should be willing to speak up if they know the truth, even if they think that everyone else will laugh at them. Another possible moral of the story is that people should not believe things without empirical evidence. A third moral is that children speak the truth.Full Answer >