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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.
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
|2||Egypt, Greece and Rome||38|
|3||The European Middle Ages and Renaissance||55|
|5||Native American Culture||90|
|6||The Romantic Era||102|
|7||Lord of the Crows||128|
|8||The Twentieth Century and Beyond||144|