Maori Name: Ruru
English Name: Morepork, Little Owl
Scientific Name: Ninox Novaeseelandiae.
The Owl is a symbol of Perception, Observation and Wisdom. It has featured significantly in mythology throughout the history of mankind, associated with Fertility and Regeneration.
In Ancient Greece, the owl was a symbol of knowledge and good fortune. Owls were revered as Guardians of the Underworld, in Celtic, Egyptian, Native American and Hindu cultures.
In prehistoric cave paintings, the owl was one of the few birds represented and are among the oldest vertebrate animal species in existence, with fossil examples dating back 60 million years.
The Ruru is important in Maori Mythology. Tekoteko, the carved figures at marae entrances, have eyes modelled on the Ruru, and the wide eyed Haka stare imitates Ruru’s challenge.
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