Tag Archive: Vintage

Nov 08 2013

Folklore poster Egyptian Vulture

A poster showing the finest of the 19th century nature artists. This peticular poster show drawings of the Egyptian Vulture made by Keulemans, Thorburn, Lear, and Agazzis Fuertes. The latter drawn during his visit to Ethiopia. I have added some folklore tales and conservation information.

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Oct 31 2013

Barn Swallow folk lore poster

This poster shows a drawing by John Gould. We have added some folk lore stories about this cosmopolitan bird.

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Oct 31 2013

Imperial Eagle folk lore poster

This poster features a drawing by J.G. Keulemans, produced around 1870. I have added a folklore story about this eagle.

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Oct 20 2013

The Little Owl in Folklore, some stories

In Greek mythology, the Little Owl was the messenger of Athene, the goddess of wisdom. It is possible that the ‘wise old owl’ idea stemmed from this. Because of the association with Athene, the bird was protected and large numbers nested in the Acropolis (Athene’s temple). The image of the bird was used for decoration …

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Oct 20 2013

The Tree Sparrow and the selffish old woman, a tale of revenge

In a little house in a little old village in Japan lived a little old man and his little old wife. One morning when the old woman slid open the screens which form the sides of the Japanese houses, she saw on the doorstep a poor little sparrow. She took him up gently and fed …

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Oct 20 2013

The blacksmith’s wife stole the Dove’s egg, and all were punished

A dove laid an egg in the hollow of a big tree in front of the blacksmith’s house. When she flew away from her nest in search of food, the blacksmith’s wife stole the egg. The dove came back to her nest and found the egg missing. The dove knew at once that the blacksmith’s …

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Oct 20 2013

Birds and folklore from the lower Amazon

Birds of ill omen are present in plenty. Chief among these is the goat-sucker (Caprimulgus). The Takutu Indians have the greatest superstition with regard to this bird, and would not kill it for any price. They say it keeps communication with the dead, and brings messages to their conjurers. Even the common people on the …

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Oct 20 2013

Why the Owl means mischief and the bat is a blood-sucker

Boku-boku, the Night-owl, married the bats’ sister, and often took his brothers with him at night to rob peoples’ houses. One night they came across a house where the people were drying fish on a babracote: just to frighten them, they all sang out, boku! boku! boku!, this made the occupants run out into the …

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Oct 20 2013

How the Birds Obtained their Distinctive Markings

An Arawak hunter captures a Vulture, daughter of Anuaninia.” She lays aside her feathers, appears before him as a beautiful girl, becomes his wife, bears him above the clouds, and after much trouble persuades her father and family to receive him. All then goes well until he expresses a wish to visit his aged mother, …

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Oct 20 2013

Don’t count your Chickens before they are hatched

An Indian went hunting one day far away from his hut, so far indeed that when he thought of returning night overtook him. Losing his path in the darkness, ho lay down to sleep under an overhanging wood-ants’ nest. These insects asked him by and by if he were asleep, and he told them “Not …

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