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Every creature that even appears in the Bible retains a heightened significance. The raven or crow is mentioned ten times in the Old Testament and once in the New. There are far more biblical references to the sheep, the central animal of the Hebrew economy, and the dove, an archaic symbol of divine love. But no other creature appears in such varied contexts, or with such symbolic ambiguity, as the crow or raven. In the human imagination, crows have always been creatures of extremes. They are playful and solemn, noisy and articulate, sacred and profane.
Among other things, Mithras shared the GraecoRoman solar deity’s association with the crows. In secret ceremonies, people dressed up as ravens and lions would dance around an underground altar. 53 A Roman relief showing Mithras looking over his shoulder at a raven as he prepares to sacrifice a bull and regenerate the world. This representation is unusual in showing not one raven but two, perhaps to suggest fecundity. Mithras was to slaughter a great bull at the end of time, in order to regenerate the earth.
From a mid-17thcentury French edition of Ovid’s Metamorphoses. The birds immediately attacked him, stripped away the feathers, and pecked the poor jackdaw until he flew away. He tried to rejoin the other jackdaws, but they would no longer accept him. Many versions of the fable append a moral that one ought not to aspire above one’s station in life. The crow was sacred to Apollo, god of the sun and of music, who once took the form of a crow or hawk when the gods fled to Egypt in order to hide from the monster Typhon.