STONE Croft Ministries held its monthly talk at Mbango Valley Hall on Friday, where the guest speaker, Alex Skene, gave a talk on owls, their habitat and the myths surrounding them. The talk was attended by more than 30 people.
Skene said owls are interesting creatures, however the myths behind them are the reason why many people do not like them.
“Many South Africans associate owls with ‘muthi’ and bad luck, however, the tales are just myths.”
He said in South Africa owls are used for muthi - a sangoma will buy an owl for a lot of money just for its body parts.
Skene keeps owls and said he was once approached by a man who offered him R6 000 for one of them.
“The man told me he would sell the head only for over R10 000 and the rest of the body for at least R13 000,” said Skene, but as an owl lover, he rejected the offer.
Skene said in countries like Greece and India they have different myths.
“In Greece one of the goddesses walk around with an owl on her shoulder and this goddess was very wise.
“So in Greece if one sees an owl, they believe that whatever happens on the day will be wise,” he said.
Skene said in India its believed that if one has a child or a family member who suffers from seizures, boiling an owls eyes and making medicine from them it will cure the seizures.
“In Wales, owls are associated with many things like virginity. If they hear an owl hooting in someone’s yard it means someone has lost their virginity in that house,” he said.
A second speaker gave a testimony on how God worked his way in her life.
Carol Francescon said it was amazing how God took her through many challenges and got her ready for her husband and for that she is grateful.