Hoot Owls   Leave a comment

The Hoot Owl has a lot of lore attributed to it in the Ozarks, from being a herald of death, and being connected with witching.

There is a belief that was once widely practiced regarding Hoot Owl eggs. The eggs were said to be able to stop a man from drinking. Women would send children out to fetch these eggs from the nests, and cook them for their alcoholic husbands, believing this to be a sure cure.

The gizzard of a Hoot Owl is said to grant luck, when dried and worn around the neck.

The feet are suspended, claws up, in chimneys, to keep witches and evil spirits from entering the home through the chimney.

The feathers are used by some witches in their workings; sometimes burned and reduced to ashes, and at other times tightly rolled into feather balls for various curses and maledictions.

Note: Owls are a protected species in many areas; this post is again just for the preservation of folklore. Don’t go off killin’ Hoot Owls.

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