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Sources on Raven's Stories
We have written several stories related to Raven in our 7th book - “Folktales from Canada”. Then we came to know that not only these but many stories of Raven are in fashion. So we decided to publish a separate book containing the stories of Raven-1 and Raven-2. Then who is this Raven?
Raven is like a big crow bird and has a special place in many countries. It is the national bird of some states and territories of Canada. It is considered a bird of ill omen and is related to Creation myths. It is associated with dead and with lost souls. In Sweden it is known as the ghost of murdered people.
In stories from ancient Sumeria to Eastern Siberia, the Raven appears as a creator and a trickster. He is the hero of many stories of the oral traditions of the Tingrit and other native groups along the Northwest coast of the US. He often uses trickery to either bring good fortune to the people or to cause mischief. Full of magical, supernatural power, Raven could turn himself into anything at any time.
The stories vary from Seattle to Northern Alaska, but the themes are the same. He was motivated by greed, and he loved to tease, cheat, woo and trick. Most of the stories are about how clever Raven is.
Raven is supposed to be a very powerful bird. It has many supernatural powers. It can change itself into any form whenever it wants to. He could change from a bird to a man, and could not only fly and walk, but could swim underwater as fast as any fish.
Raven and the Tower of London
Each bird has one clipped wing, so they cannot fly far, but as many visitors have discovered they can walk very fast.
Some Information About Raven
Created by Sushma Gupta on November 27, 2013
Modified on 09/13/14