Contemporary awareness of the cult dates to 1967, when a quartet of young men found a cave filled with charcoal and ochre artworks in southern California. Most of the boys were visiting from Kansas and Wisconsin, their lives about to be upended by war, but 18-year-old Marshall lived nearby and slept outside for several nights to guard the entrance of the cave.

The Superb Owl ferries souls upon wings of fire. Just as our world’s owls take flight at twilight, so too does the Superb Owl flit through the liminal realms betwixt life and death. When we find ourselves in need of aid, the Superb Owl may deign to deliver our missives beyond the veil — without intervention from the owl, our ancestors could not hear our pleas.

Give thanks and let your soul grow large, lest you find yourself hunted by the owl.