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By Boria Sax

Even though humans in most cases don't examine them in such phrases, crows are remarkably sleek: from the end of a crow’s beak to the tip of its tail is a unmarried curve, which adjustments rhythmically because the crow turns its head or bends towards the floor. Foraging on their lengthy, strong legs, crows seem to float over the earth; they take flight virtually with out attempt, flapping their wings simply, ascending into the air like spirits.

Nevertheless, the whiskers round their beaks and an obvious smile make crows, in a scruffy type of approach, endearingly "human". In an unlimited diversity of cultures from the chinese language to the Hopi Indians, crows are bearers of prophecy. as a result of their courtship dances and monogamous unions, the Greeks invoked crows at weddings as symbols of conjugal love. Crows are one of the such a lot ubiquitous of birds, but, with out being the least bit unique, they continue to be mysterious.

This booklet is a survey of crows, ravens, magpies and their relations in fantasy, literature and lifestyles. It levels from the raven despatched out via Noah to the corvid deities of the Eskimo, to Taoist legends, Victorian novels and modern motion pictures. it will likely be of curiosity to every body who've ever been intrigued, wondered, frustrated or charmed through those splendidly clever birds.

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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.

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