Jaak Põder - Midsummer Night’s Eve
When ancient Romans transformed Greek gods and goddesses into their own, they also took over their qualities. Goddess Athene was transformed into goddess Minerva, borrowed was the belief that if goddess will show herself in the form of an owl before the battle, then the battle will be victorious.
Romans did not take into account that for them owl was a symbol of evil and death. Seeing owl in a daylight meant not victory, but it was a very bad omen. It was the sign of witches, vampires etc. I’m quite curious what Roman soldiers felt when they saw an owl before the battle…
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