For eons, people have been telling stories about death, life’s final passage. Oral stories, myths and legends about the topic exist in every corner of the world. These folkloric elements offer warning, guidelines, and tips that reflect specific cultural beliefs and customs.
Animals are among the more common messengers of approaching death. Here are a few of the more unusual omens:
Black Cat, Birds & Bees
The meowing of a black cat at midnight is a sure sign of coming death.
If a black cat crosses in front of a funeral procession, someone in the family of the deceased will die in three days.
If bees swarm a rotten tree, there will be a death in the family owning or living on the property within a year.
If a bird flies into the bedroom of a sick person and lands on the bedpost, it signals that death is not far behind.
Two turtle doves together in a tree signal that death is on its way.
An owl hooting right above you at night brings you warning that death is coming.
Dogs & Other Animals
If a dog persistently howls under your window, it foreshadows a death in the house.
A white rabbit crossing your path is an omen of death.
A shark following a boat or ship is looked on as a sure sign of death for one of the passengers or crew.
Plants & Trees
An early blooming peach tree indicates a death in the family.
Death follows the rose that blooms inside a house.
As you can see, people have long been trying to watch out for signs of death’s imminent arrival. Such information reflects beliefs about how flora and fauna can serve as messengers, welcomed or not.