On Ravens


I am hardly so indecisive about what I want to say regarding a topic. I even thought about not writing anything on ravens but then, I told Mr. Spirit Whisperer I would and I keep my promises.

I am not sure why ravens have a bad reputation with some people. I think someone mentioned that they feed on dead things. So do we. Vultures, eagles, wolves … many of our animal cousins feed on carcasses. If your stomach can handle it, why not? It’s just survival.

One can think what they want of them. "The truth is rarely pure and never simple" or "Netti, Netti" (lol). I do think people should give them a chance and leave the stereotypes behind. These birds can teach and they can guide. Seeing them around is a good omen for me and for everyone else too (in my opinion).

I brought home a raven when I was about six or seven years old. In Romania they were everywhere, in the city too. Here in Toronto I don’t see them often. But ya, my parents gave me the weirdest look ever. My father mentioned something about them being dangerous. I have no clue what he was talking about. The bird was beautiful and it was hurt (that’s why I brought it home, although I was not quite sure how I was going to fix the one wing which was hanging downwards – obviously not functioning properly ) so, I picked it up and it didn’t struggle at all. I remember bringing it home, giving it water and wondering what I could feed it … The raven did not stay around the house for long because I convinced my father to take it to a veterinary the same afternoon; in a box of course, he was not going to hold it ...

Ravens and I have always been friends. I love these birds. The pure black is … I have no words: I love it. I even like their “craw-craw” – it’s awesome! I always smile when I see them and I saw them every day when I was on the road in Alberta and British Columbia. They were in good spirit and healthy – I am thankful for that. I always greed them and talk to them. I just love ravens (and crows as well)! That's all.



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Hound Cat 5 years ago from Los Angeles area of Southern California USA

A few years ago, I had a nest built by a dove on my balcony. I watched the young nestling grow from an egg to a bird, that was almost ready to leave the nest. I was really upset when the bird was swallowed up by a raven while the mother was gathering food. The sad female dove was frantic about the whereabouts of her chick.

This could be some of the reason that ravens are not very well liked in my area.


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Mr. Happy 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Hello Mr. Hound Cat. Thank you for commenting. I understand your grief. We can all get attached to babies of any kind. It is their nature (and ours).

This is the circle of life though. At least the raven did not kill the other bird to stuff-it-up and use it as decoration/trophy. It killed it to survive. I can understand that, as I can understand your thoughts as well.

All the best.


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Spirit Whisperer 5 years ago from Isle of Man

You are indeed a "Wolfman" of your word. The photos are again very beautiful and it is obvious you have a keen eye. I like the personal story of how you saved the raven and that is a reflection of your pure heart.

I think after you read this you might figure out what else the raven may have in common with the wolf and its relevance to you. Thank you.


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kallini2010 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada

Mr. Happy:

There are probably various kinds of ravens, there are pure black ones and our Moscow "grey-black" ravens(?). I am not particularly fond of them, but I don't see why I should dislike them either.

I know one thing for sure - ravens are considered to be very intelligent. It is surprising, because our estimates of animal intelligence is counter intuitive - we don't like the looks (aesthetics) and voila, we dislike the animal. (I have my ..., I am not telling).

Pigs are very intelligent and elephants. I wish I knew more. But you can read more and educate us, why not?

I love Edgar Poe's poem "Raven" for its melody and meaning. It is dark and deep.

I am quoting only little piece - it is much longer.

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Open here I flung the shutter, when, with many a flirt and flutter,

In there stepped a stately raven of the saintly days of yore.

Not the least obeisance made he; not a minute stopped or stayed he;

But, with mien of lord or lady, perched above my chamber door -

Perched upon a bust of Pallas just above my chamber door -

Perched, and sat, and nothing more.

Then this ebony bird beguiling my sad fancy into smiling,

By the grave and stern decorum of the countenance it wore,

`Though thy crest be shorn and shaven, thou,' I said, `art sure no craven.

Ghastly grim and ancient raven wandering from the nightly shore -

Tell me what thy lordly name is on the Night's Plutonian shore!'

Quoth the raven, `Nevermore.'

Edgar Allan Poe

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Mr. Happy 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Greetings Mr. Spirit Whisperer. To be honest, I have some thoughts that I will keep to myself regarding ravens. I really do not feel like going into spiritual talks about them. There are just too many opinions regarding these birds.

If I was to start telling raven tales, I would never see the end of it and if I tell one, I will have to tell them all. There are many fables, in many different cultures ...

And no, I do not know what connections you are making. I love the wolf because I am one and I love the ravens as if I was one.

Cheers!


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Mr. Happy 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Kallini, I am very happy you have stopped by. Why are you not fond of them? They are so beautiful. Look at that last photo - all I see is dignity and intelligence radiating out of that raven. Simply awesome!

I like pigs and elephants too. I used to try to ride my grandma's pigs all the time when I was a kid ... the trouble I would get in ...

Regarding the poem ... I am not good with poems. It's a struggle to just read them never-mind understanding them.

All the best!


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Mr. Happy 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

This is the Dacian Draco and ravens hold a similar meaning for me ... http://quadratus.wordpress.com/2008/11/14/simbolis...


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kallini2010 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada

Mr. Happy, when I said I was not fond of ravens - I meant more along the line - I am indifferent. Yes, the last picture - I agree.

I am sure Edgar Allan Poe is translated in your language - try it - it is your favourite bird - it is a very nice poem. Anyway, the choice is yours.

Liking and disliking has a tendency to grow on you... Maybe if I paid more attention and knew more, I would have an opinion...

I only told you what I knew - ravens are super-intelligent.

Cheerio,


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quester.ltd 5 years ago

The Raven (yes, the phrase "Never more" frequently comes to mind) but they are an awesome bird - beautiful in their so black feathers. Their intelligence is widely documented.

Native Americans have many stories and legends of the black bird as do other cultures around the world. It appears that the North American seem to be above the knowledge of the natural world and therefore, disdains itself, for the most part, from the beauty of nature.

Guess that is why, I like you, prefer the wolf and other animals.

voted up and awesome

q


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Slarty O'Brian 5 years ago from Canada

Like you I have always loved crows. Where I live there is what the city is calling an epidemic of them. They estimate over 2000 in this part of town alone. When they fly in packs it is like the movie: The Birds

My wife and I feed them all winter long. The squirrels compete with them for peanuts. But we also throw out meat scraps and old bread for them. I've even bought fresh whole wheat bread just to feed them with a bit of peanut butter on it. They love it.

I have some pictures of them on my back fence I may send you.

Good hub. Voted up. ;)

Ever morning in the winter my back fence is lined with crows waiting to be fed.


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Mr. Happy 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Mr. Quester.ltd - Thank you for stopping by. Indeed their intelligence is extraordinary and they can talk too! lol I just learned about that.

Mr. O'Brian - after seeing the photos you sent me, I think you live in Raven Heaven. Wow ...

It's great that you feed them in the winter too, considering there is less food for them around the city.

All the best and thank you for your comment!


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CR Rookwood 4 years ago from Moonlight Maine

Oh what gorgeous photos! I love these birds too. We have crows here, not so many ravens, but they are so intelligent and really surprising. Thank you for sharing your photos, they are wonderful.


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Mr. Happy 4 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Greetings CR Rockwood,

I am happy You enjoyed the photos. Crows and ravens are indeed extremely intelligent and from my perspective they can connect us to the Spirit World. I am grateful for that and I try to learn from them.

Thank You for the visit and comment. Cheers!


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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

Thank you for visiting my hub and I loved this gem. Beautiful photos and here's to so many more hubs for us both to share on here.I vote up and share.

Have a great weekend.

Eddy.


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Mr. Happy 4 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Greetings,

I am glad You enjoyed the hub! : )

Thank You very much for taking the time to read and leave a comment.

Have a great week-end!

All the best.

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