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Created with Fabric.js 1.4.5 double click to change this title text! Cultural Depictions of the Raven Through different Times Greko-Roman: They are said to be a symbol of good luck, and were the god's messengers in the mortal world! Poe was definetly not refering to this culture's interpretation!Raven's aren't all that good though. According to these beliefs, Ravens used to be white until they were all scorched because one Raven (sent out by Apollo) came back saying his love was cheating on him. This frustrated Apollo and he permenantly schorched all of them. Christian - Middle Ages: A raven is said to have protected Saint Benedict of Nursia by taking away a loaf of bread poisoned by monks.In this culture, the Raven is considered goodlLuck and a savior. But it's not all that good! In another legend it is told that when the ravens cease to fly around the mountain the ruler will awake and restore Germany to its ancient greatness. But the ravens never stop. Aside from the repetition of "nevermore", using the Raven made the story (poem) way more effective. Ravens are sometimes considered to be a symbol of wisdom as they can be taught to mimic statements, in this case, "Nevermore"! Also, their thick black feathers make them a symbol of death. The Raven also had some cultural depictions that (might) have drawn Edgar Allan Poe to using it over any other bird (or animal of any sort). Though all the cultures from BC to 200 years ago have different depictions, all of them show the Raven as a bird of ill omen! It is also shown as the interest to creators of myths and legends. In " The Raven", the Raven is shown as a bad omen, as hiswife passes as soon as the Raven comes in. It symbolizes hisdying hope of ever seeing his wife again. "Qouth the Raven, "Nevermore"". Native Americans: The raven in these indigenous peoples' mythology is the Creator of the world, but it is also considered a trickster god. According a myth, the raven who was both bored and well fed, found and freed some monstrous creatures on the first ever human beings. WHY the raven?
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