Given that Saint Patrick’s feast day is around the corner I thought I would focus on a green owl.
The Popol huh mentions three owls (including one identified as Skull Owl )acting as assistants to the nefarious Death Gods of Xibalba.
It should also be noted that owls help lead the quite pregnant Princess Xquic (previous post) out of the Underworld and into the land of the living.
Owls occupy a complicated place in Mesoamerican culture,one of fear and respect; seen as messengers between the spirit world and that of man. Because they occupied the dark and dank caves they were also associated with death, most particularly the Death Gods of Xibalba.
A green owl is not such a peculiar choice, the aforementioned Illustrated Dictionary informs that “Green owls commonly occur in the art of Teotihuacan…” (128).
Hence my desire to present a very green and orange (only seems fair) owl for one of my favorite feast days.
The source material for this owl is from the Codex Borgia (found in the same Dictionary, pg. 129). I tried to be as true as possible to the original. A bit challenging as the original is extremely graphic;but I think he works nicely , a funny little fellow.
Just a few more poses, he is a flexible little bird…
In closing just a frankly very appealing owl, I couldn’t resist.
Wishing a very happy Saint Patrick’s Day!
I most likely will not post until next week-family time.