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The Symbolism of Ravens - Jonathan Pageau

We will begin our examination of Ravens with a short video from Jonathan Pageau.

Ravens are often depicted as a sign of death, supernatural, and evil. In the cultures of Native America Ravens symbolize a connection to the spirit world and are considered teachers of magical studies. The word ‘Raven’ is derived from the Old English word ræfen which also has roots in the German word ‘Rabe’ and the Dutch word ‘Raaf’.

Ravens are also found throughout literature.

I hope you enjoy this look into the history of Ravens!


The Symbolism of Ravens - Jonathan Pageau

"Taken from Sep 2018 Patron-Only Q&A Main channel: / pageaujonathan " from video introduction


In mythology, ravens were associated with bad luck and had a reputation for being tricksters.

Collectively a group of Ravens have been called: A rave of ravens, aTreachery of ravens, a conspiracy of ravens or a flock of ravens.

Crows when in groups, are referred to as a murder of crows.


Ravens in Literature


THE RAVEN by Edgar Allan Poe (Best Reading)


"Our exclusive narration delivered by Shane Morris" from video introduction



About Ravens


"Ravens are massive birds with a thick neck and distinctive shaggy throat feathers. Like other corvids, ravens have strong, large feet and long bills. Most ravens are a solid black. Ravens most closely resemble the common crow, but they soar in flight, more like a hawk. Another distinguishing feature from crows are their slender wings and wedge shaped tail.

SizeA large bird species, common ravens usually range in size from between 22 and 27 inches (56 to 69 centimeters) in height and between 1 and 3.5 pounds (0.7 to 1.6 kilograms.) Ravens have a wingspan of 45.5 to 46.5 inches (1 meter).." from Common Raven at nationalzoo.si.edu


Ravens and Crows, What's the Difference? - Ask A Scientist


"How do you tell the difference between a raven and a crow? Assistant Curator of Birds, Chase Mendenhall, shares the primary differences between these two birds and teaches ways to identify them when spotted in the wild." from video introduction


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