by Boria Sax


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Crow by Boria Sax

The crow is a remarkably graceful bird: a single curve runs from the tip of its beak to the end of its tail, which changes rhythmically as it turns its head or bends toward the ground. It takes flight almost without effort, ascending like a spirit to glide over the earth. In a vast range of cultures, from the Chinese to the Hopi Indians, the crow is a bearer of prophecy. Because of its courtship dances and monogamous nature, at weddings the Greeks invoked the crow as a symbol of conjugal love. This book considers crows, ravens, magpies and their relatives in myth, literature and life. It ranges from the raven sent out by Noah to the corvid deities of the Eskimo, to Daoist legends, Victorian novels and recent films. It will be of interest to anyone who has ever been intrigued, puzzled, annoyed or charmed by these wonderfully intelligent birds.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781780238425
Publisher: Reaktion Books, Limited
Publication date: 12/15/2017
Series: Animal Series
Pages: 184
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Boria Sax teaches at Sing Sing prison and online for the graduate program in literature at Mercy College. He is the author of many books, including Imaginary Animals, also published by Reaktion Books.

Table of Contents

2Egypt, Greece and Rome38
3The European Middle Ages and Renaissance55
5Native American Culture90
6The Romantic Era102
7Lord of the Crows128
8The Twentieth Century and Beyond144
Photo Acknowledgements179

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