Crow

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Reaktion Books, 2003 - Art - 184 pages
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Though people generally do not think of them in such terms, crows are remarkably graceful: from the tip of a crow’s beak to the end of its tail is a single curve, which changes rhythmically as the crow turns its head or bends toward the ground. Foraging on their long, powerful legs, crows appear to glide over the earth; they take flight almost without effort, flapping their wings easily, ascending into the air like spirits.

Nevertheless, the whiskers around their beaks and an apparent smile make crows, in a scruffy sort of way, endearingly "human". In a vast range of cultures from the Chinese to the Hopi Indians, crows are bearers of prophecy. Because of their courtship dances and monogamous unions, the Greeks invoked crows at weddings as symbols of conjugal love. Crows are among the most ubiquitous of birds, yet, without being in the least exotic, they remain mysterious.

This book is a survey of 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 Taoist legends, Victorian novels and contemporary films. It will be of interest to all people who have ever been intrigued, puzzled, annoyed or charmed by these wonderfully intelligent birds.
  

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Review: Crow (Reaktion Animal Series)

User Review  - Sd - Goodreads

"Crows are among the most ubiquitous of birds, yet, without being in the least exotic, they manage to remain mysterious." "Corvids, and their societies, are flexible to a point where it is very ... Read full review

Review: Crow (Reaktion Animal Series)

User Review  - Sofia - Goodreads

Very cool book, I liked that it focused on the crow in mythology and in our everday lives, not on their biology. Facinating info, quick and easy read. Read full review

Contents

Mesopotamia
31
Egypt Greece and Rome
38
The European Middle Ages and Renaissance
55
Asia
80
Native American Culture
90
The Romantic Era
102
Lord of the Crows
128
The Twentieth Century and Beyond
144
References
164
Bibliography
168
Websites
175
Associations
177
Acknowledgements
178
Photo Acknowledgements
179
Index
180
Copyright

Timeline
162

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Popular passages

Page 29 - One for sorrow, Two for mirth, Three for a wedding, Four for a birth.

About the author (2003)

Boria Sax is lecturer in literature at Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry, New York, and is the founder of the organization Nature in Legend and Story (NILAS). He has published many books on images of animals in human culture including Animals in the Third Reich (2000) and The Mythical Zoo (2001).


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