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The Owl of Eternal Life

A myth submitted to the site by Juan Lyons

Ireland

Long long ago there was a snow white owl known as "Sneachta". Whoever took the first bite out of the owl would be given the power of eternal life.

One day a man called Bombardo wanted to catch the owl and sell it. He thought to himself that he could rule the world and be the richest man on earth if he sold the owl. He kept listing the great things that he could do if caught it, but what he didn't know is that the owl always played a trick on whoever tried to catch him.

That night Bombardo approached him. The owl flew closer to Bombardo and started flying around him. Bombardo tried to catch him but he became so dizzy that he became unconscious.

Every time someone tried to catch him he played that same trick and the villagers soon learnt their lesson.

Legend has it that the owl is in the oldest tree of Ireland.

By Juan Lyons
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