What Is The Symbolic Meaning Of The Raven(bird)?


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Tess Langley answered
In Norse mythology, the Ravens Hugin and Munin sit on the god Odin's shoulders and bring to his ears all the news they see and hear. Their names are Thought and Memory. Odin sends them out with each dawn to fly over the world, so he can learn about everything that happens. The Old English word for a raven was hraefn; in Old Norse it was hrafn; the word was frequently used in combinations as a kenning for bloodshed and battle.

In Irish mythology, the goddess An Morr'gan took to the hero C° Chulainn's shoulder in the form of a raven after his death. In other ancient Celtic mythology, ravens were associated with the Welsh god Bran the Blessed the brother of Branwen, whose name translates to 'raven.' According to the Mabinogion, Bran's head was buried in the White Hill of London as a talisman against invasion.

The raven also has a prominent role in the mythologies of the Indigenous peoples of the Pacific Northwest Coast, including the Tsimishian, Haida, Heiltsuk, Tlingit, Kwakwaka'wakw, Coast Salish, Koyukons, and Inuit. The raven in these indigenous peoples' mythology is the Creator of the world, but it is also considered a trickster god. For instance, in Tlingit culture, there are two different raven characters which can be identified, although they are not always clearly differentiated. One is the creator raven, responsible for bringing the world into being and who is sometimes considered to be the same individual as the Owner of Daylight. The other is the childish raven, always selfish, sly, conniving, and hungry. Other notable stories tell of the Raven stealing and releasing the sun, and of the Raven tempting the first humans out of a clam shell.

According to Livy, the Roman general Marcus Valerius Corvus c. 370-270 BC had a raven settle on his helmet during a combat with a gigantic Gaul, which distracted the enemy's attention by flying in his face.

A raven is said to have protected Saint Benedict of Nursia by taking away a loaf of bread poisoned by jealous monks after he blessed it.

Of special note is the Kwakiutl or Kwakwaka'wakw of British Columbia who exposed boys' placentas to ravens to encourage future prophetic visions, thereby associating the raven with prophecy, similar to the traditions of Scandinavia.

The Hindu deity Shani is often represented as being mounted on a giant black raven or crow. The crow sometimes a raven or vulture is Shani's Vahana. As protector of property, Shani is able to repress the thieving tendencies of these birds.
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Ravens symbolize death and the birth into the after life, the spiritual world. Thow they are considered evil for there link to deth deth is life. They are also considerd the aftermath of war when they swoop down to cleen our indigifyed acs, cleaning at the impuritys on the earth. The are also tiyed to magic.
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The symbolic meaning of the raven in the Native American Indian lore describes the raven as a creature of metamorphosis, and symbolized change and/or transformation. In some tribes the raven is considered a trickster because of it's transformation/changing abilities. Hope this helps.
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Shezan Shaikh answered
Raven is a very common name that is given too many large black birds that belong to the genus of Corvus. Other birds that are included in this genus are the smaller rooks, jackdaws and crows. In majority of the parts in Europe and North America raven is used as the synonym for the widely over spread common raven, and also because most of the literature and culture that surrounds the raven normally refers to that species.

Raven can also refer to the hit American Television sitcom show known as 'That's So Raven'. This show is broadcast on the Disney Channel, the main plot revolves around the fashionable teenage girl known as Raven Baxter, who is a psychic and can sometime see or predict the future.
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Anonymous answered
What does it mean when a raven swoops down and pecks at your head..follows you day after day..????..any meaning to this..??
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Onyx Ryans answered
To Shamanic people of many cultures, Raven was, for the most part, beneficial. To the superstitious and some of orthodox religions, the bird was an ill omen. It can also mean death.
Bu the raven isn't always a bad omen it also means a safe childbirth
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The raven means the watchfulness for & reconition of spiritual falsehoods. Could also mean a spiritual messenger

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