HALLOWEEN FUN FACTS #7 Ravens & Crows

HALLOWEEN FUN FACT #7

Personally, I adore Ravens and Crows as well, however, they tend to get a bad rap, especially around Halloween.

Why?  Who knows exactly, but according to Audubon.org these gorgeous ebony feathered creatures have a long history of getting bad press, and they offer a few possible explanations: 

  • Their color – black. In our western culture that color is often associated with death and sin. —  That is a heavy mantle to place on shoulders of our fine feathered friends.
  • Ravens and Crows are carrion eaters, in other words, they eat dead things. —  Well, I do not think the steak I ate last night was alive, so I won’t be throwing stones at these dark winged beasties any time soon.
  • “Some First Nation tribes of North America believe the crow is a shape-shifter and lives in a void of time.” — Well, as reader and writer of paranormal fiction, I ADORE shape-shifters, and might like to slip into a void of time when I am running behind in meeting a writing deadline.  *WINK*
  • According to Audubon.org, in German mythology, witches rode on Ravens instead of brooms.
Source:  https://ca.audubon.org/news/meaning-birds-during-halloween

Consider this:

A flock of Crows is often referred to a Murder of Crows.  UGH, no wonder they get a bad rap!  Even harsher still, a flock of Ravens is often called an “Unkindness of Ravens”, a “Conspiracy of Ravens”, and cruelest yet – a “Treachery of Ravens”!

Sources:   https://www.pbs.org/wnet/nature/a-murder-of-crows-crow-facts/5965/ (this link is chock full of cool Crow Facts)
https://www.quora.com/What-is-a-flock-of-ravens

On the brighter side:

Many Native American cultures view our ebony winged friends in a much more positive light.  Crows are often viewed as intelligent animals, a sign of good fortune to come, and are thought to be “…cleansers of both land and mind.”

Source:  https://www.worldbirds.org/crow-symbolism/

There are numerous Native American Myths & Legends about crows. You can find some of them here:

http://www.native-languages.org/legends-crow.htm

On the Non-Mythological side of things, I am not alone in my admiration of Ravens.  See this Popular Science post:

https://www.popsci.com/ravens-smart-plan-ahead/

In my writing, I use the image of the Raven frequently.  Why?  They are beautiful birds, and I have always been fascinated with Norse Mythology & Odin’s Ravens, Huginn & Muninn.  That is why my fictional motorcycle club of supernatural enforcers is called the Twin Ravens MC, and why my fictional paranormal BDSM club is called Raven’s Keep.

Here’s a link to really interesting blog post about Odin’s Ravens.  I found the post fascinating for many reasons, not the least of which is the fact the author links the myth of Huginn & Muninn to the human mind.  Check out the post for yourself:  

https://gthic.com/blogs/jewelry-blogs/what-do-odins-ravens-symbolize

For the more visual among us, here is a link to a YouTube video about Odin’s Ravens:  Odin’s Mythical Ravens – Huginn and Muninn (Norse Mythology Explained)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kRGLMZsb4KM

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