One of my favorite Alolan Pokemon is Decidueye, but why is it a Ghost type?
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Just by looking at them, Rowlet, Dartrix, and Decidueye are all owls. But what purpose does the ghost typing serve. It could be a slilt owl an extinct species that's native to Hawaii or it could be a Pueo, an endangered, subspecies of the short-eared owl that is endemic to Hawaii.
Hmm...is that why Decidueye's a ghost type because it could either be an extinct or endangered owl?
Whelp there you have it folks, the videos over, remember to like and subscribe. Wait a minute there's got to more to it than that.
Getting back to the Pueo owl its also one of the more famous of the various physical forms assumed by ʻaumākua in Hawaiian culture.
In Hawaiian mythology, an ʻaumakua is a family god, often a deified ancestor. An ʻaumakua is a being of both a heavenly and an earthly nature. Its basically an ancestor that has died and has come back in a different form. This spirit usually communicates with, helps, inspires, and guides members of the family. They are known to take on the forms of animals, plants, and other natural phenomena.
The relationship between man and ʻAumakua is a mutual one. That is to say, there is an exchange between the two, where something is given, or owed, to each other. The family is to worship and to feed the ʻAumakua, and to behave in a way that will not anger the the spirit.
In exchange the role of the ʻAumakua is that of a guardian. The guardian spirit helps in times of trouble and gives inspiration or strength in times of need. ʻAumākua communicate with people in different ways, they can appear in dreams, they can speak directly to their relatives and they can appear as a sign or omen to convey meaning for the family.
The family was responsible for feeding the ʻaumākua. This was accomplished through prayer and offerings of sacrifices. Many different things were offered to the deified ancestor: pigs, chickens, dogs, fish, and young kalo leaves.
In caring for an ʻaumakua, a family must not eat or harm the animal form their ʻaumakua takes. If the ʻaumakua has an owl form for instance, the family must not eat or harm owls. This shows respect for the ʻaumakua.
Now that's more like it Decidueye is some stoic ancestor returning from the grave to protect you. When I thought it couldn't get any cooler. So if you enjoyed the video remember to like and until next time deuces.