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What is the meaning of a Lechuza?

Last Updated: 5th May, 2020

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Lechuza refers to a witch that turns into an owl in Mexican and Mexican-American folklore.

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Thereof, what is the difference between an owl and a lechuza?

Buho and lechuza are both words for the English word- owl. But as of now the only answer we've gotten concerning the difference between the two is that buho is your generic owl and lechuza is a snowy owl. But every so often you hear that it's flipped and buho means snowy owl and lechuza means….

One may also ask, are Lechuzas owls? La lechuza is the barn owl, the pale (almost white) owl. Owls are considered "wise old birds" in some cultures, while other cultures fear owls. Apache Indians, for example, will postpone a planned activity if an owl is heard.

Regarding this, what does a lechuza look like?

It is sometimes described as black in color and sometimes as white as snow. In most cases it has been said to resemble an owl. In other cases it is more like a huge raven. Some accounts say that the Lechuza's face is that of an old woman, or of something more otherworldly with large, dark, almond-shaped eyes.

What do owls mean in Mexico?

“In Mexico, the owl means darkness, magic, night and death,” said Florencio Rodriguez, 58, an artisan from Jalisco State, Mexico's biggest pottery center, which predates the arrival of Spanish colonists in the 16th century.

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