The [horned] Owl

: Aino Folktales

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.


[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.)