Crow

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Reaktion Books, 2003 - Art - 184 pages
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Though not generally perceived as graceful, crows are remarkably so—a single curve undulates from the tip of the bird’s beak to the end of its tail. They take flight almost without effort, flapping their wings easily and ascending into the air like spirits. Crow by Boria Sax is a celebration of the crow and its relatives in myth, literature, and life.

Sax takes readers into the history of crows, detailing how in a range of cultures, from the Chinese to the Hopi Indians, crows are bearers of prophecy. For example, thanks in part to the birds’ courtship rituals, Greeks invoked crows as symbols of conjugal love. From the raven sent out by Noah to the corvid deities of the Eskimo, from Taoist legends to Victorian novels and contemporary films, Sax’s book ranges across history and culture and will interest anyone who has ever been intrigued, puzzled, annoyed, or charmed by these wonderfully intelligent birds.
 

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As the blurb on the back says, this series is addictive. Crow is a wide-ranging and entertaining look at the biology and lore of corvids, beginning with the species' first appearence in Australia and ... Read full review

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In this vivid and enjoyable meditation on crows in art, literature and history, Sax (The Serpent and the Swan: The Animal Bride in Folklore and Literature), a scholar at Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry ... 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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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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