General - A bird of prey found in many parts of the world and featured in some myths. (1) In Central America the hawk, Tlotli, was regarded as the messenger of the Aztec gods. (2) In the East Indies the hawk is a revered bird, guardian of workers in the rice-fields. (3) In Egypt the hawk is a sacred bird and the god Horus is frequently depicted with the head of a hawk (or falcon). (4) In Greek myths the hawk is the messenger of Apollo or Hera. (5) The Pacific Islanders regard the hawk as an incarnation of Maui. (6) In Siberia they say the hawk stole fire and gave the secret to the gods who passed it on to mankind. Sometimes called hawk, Great Hawk, Great Hawk or Tlanuwa.

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