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Story No. 974

The [Horned] Owl

Book Name:

Aino Folk-Tales

Tradition: Japan, Aino

There are six owls, – brethren. The eldest of them is only a little bigger than a sparrow. When perching on a tree, it balances itself backwards, for which reason it is called "The Faller Backwards." The youngest of the six has a very large body. It is a bird which brings great luck. If anyone walks beneath this bird, and there comes the sound of rain falling on him, it is a very lucky thing. Such a man will become very rich. For this reason the youngest of the six owls is called "Mr. Owl."


The rain here mentioned is supposed to be a rain of gold from the owl's eyes.

Translated literally. Told by Penri, 16th July, 1886.


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