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    La Lechuza is a creature out of Mexico and Texas. The legend is of a human-sized bird with a woman's face who lures victims to her by cooing and crying like a baby. She'll capture them and take them to her nest where she eats them at her leisure. In some tellings the creature came from a woman who practiced black magic before being killed by neighbors for her evil practices, while other tellings state that La Lechuza is a woman during the day but witchcraft turns her into an owl at night.

    Washington DC, 4th of July by beforethecoffee, via Flickr

    Shakti, the Great Goddess means “Cosmic Energy."Woman is the creator of the universe the universe is her form; woman is the foundation of the world, she is the true form of the body. In woman is the form of all things, of all that lives and moves in the world. There is no jewel rarer than woman, no condition superior to that of a woman.

    Man with a Fish on His Shoulder by DAVID BROOKE: David’s earlier works are illustrations of actual myths and legends, but he began to believe that since people knew the stories they did not look at the paintings as works in themselves but only saw the story depicted and so his more recent work are not based on any particular legend, but by there subject create the feeling of myth of folk-tale. There is often something of a humorous or quirky nature about his work.

    Bird that Calls Rain by Mitsuru Nagashima | The Shangyang (or shang yang) in Chinese mythology was a rainbird. The Shangyang was particularly associated with the Lord of Rain, Yu Shi.

    great horned owl on nest, awesome!

    It was said that Pippa could almost fly on her scooter after she met with the old woman beneath the haunted bridge.

    Two women with a spirit The face of a young woman appears over the woman on the right of the photograph. The reverse of the photograph reads: 'Why is the child always pushing to the front?' and 'Do we get messages from the higher spirits?'; perhaps questions the women wanted answering. One of the sitters, at Hope's request, has signed the plate for authentication. Collection of National Media Museum

    beautiful eyes

    She waved her right hand, and lakes and woods appeared; she waved her left hand, and various birds began to fly about; The Frog Princess - Myths and Legends of Russia by Aleksandr Afana’ev, 2009

    Agustín Víctor Casasola- Woman accused of witchcraft. Mexico City, ca. 1935

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    The Banshee, ("woman of the síde" or "woman of the fairy mounds") is a feminine Spirit in Irish mythology, usually seen as an omen of death and a messenger from the Otherworld. In legend, a banshee is a fairy woman who begins to wail if someone is about to die. In Scottish mythology the creature is called the bean sìth or bean-nighe and is seen washing the blood stained clothes or armour of those who are about to die. Alleged sightings of banshees have been reported as recently as 1948.

    Carmine Bee Eater, South Africa by Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve, via Flickr.

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    Red owl in hollow tree

    Bananaquit (Coereba flaveola)

    white owl, black background

    Ashy Faced Owl

    WHITE OWL ~ Cumbria, England

    A small creature taken from a barn in Mexico. They took a series of DNA tests but the results were inconclusive.