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raven/crow

raven/crow

Both benefactor and trickster, the tales of ravens are numerous. This black bird speaks of war, wisdom, and the other world to the Celts. Ravens deserting their nests are very bad omens and popular superstition declares that if the ravens ever leave the Tower of London, the monarchy will fall. Its coal black plumage invokes the void, secrecy, and mystery. The mythical raven brought the Sun to mankind, and in so doing becomes a symbol of light. From earliest times, raven myths tell of its intelligence and concern for humans. For the poet Edgar Allan Poe, the raven takes on sinister meaning. Far from being scary however, healing and knowledge are associated with the well-loved raven. The Haida, an indigenous nation on Canada's West coast, attribute the creation of humans to raven intervention. A symbol of intelligence, this bird is often associated with teachers and those with a love of knowledge. Among Catholics, the raven is a symbol for solitude for several saints whom ravens fed in the wilderness, including St. Anthony, St. Paul, and St. Benedict. The raven has long been a symbol of divine providence. "Consider the ravens, for they neither sow nor reap, which have neither storehouse nor barn; and God feeds them," [Luke 12:24].

prophecy

In ancient Celtic culture, the raven is associated with prophecy. In Norse mythology, two magical ravens serve as messengers for the god Odin, who is also known as Hrafnáss ("raven-god").

secrecy

The Native Northwest Coast People regard the raven as the "keeper of secrets." The Haida story of "How Raven Stole the Light" metaphorically addresses the mysterious duality that surrounds this bird: darkness and death on one hand and, on the other, light and creation.

warrior spirit

To the ancient Celts, the raven was associated with prophecy, death, and war. Sacred to the Celtic warrior god Bran and warrior goddess Morrigan, the raven also served to guide the souls of the dead to the other world.

Example of known uses of raven/crow

The coat of arms of the Corbett family

The coat of arms of the Corbett family

The raven close in the arms of the Corbett family, who can trace their ancestry back to the Norman invasion of England, is a canting symbol. The name Corbett, which today has many English variants, derives from one of the Norman words for raven.

The Baltimore Ravens

The Baltimore Ravens

This name of this American football team is a tribute to Edgar Allen Poe, one of Baltimore's famous sons. Poe drew on folklore for his poem The Raven, in which the bird acts as both a messenger and symbol of remembrance.

Game Software

Game Software

Raven Software is a designer of unique games that are very popular today with teens.

Baltimore Football Team

Baltimore Football Team

Baltimore Ravens Football team shows off a raven on its sports items.

Products logo

Products logo

Raven Products from Australia distribute sealants and weather stripping to world markets.

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