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...by the time I left it had grown dark but when I went outside there thousands of crows everywhere in the parking lot. They were all quietly murmuring and I just watched them for 10 minutes or so until somebody drove through and ran them off.
Stories about Raven are unique in Tlingit culture in that though they technically belong to clans of the Raven moiety, most are openly and freely shared by any Tlingit no matter their clan affiliation. They also make up the bulk of the stories that children are regaled with when young. Raven Cycle stories are often shared anecdotally, the telling of one inspiring the telling of another.
Many are humorous, but some are serious and impart a sense of Tlingit morality and ethics, and others belong to specific clans and may only be shared under appropriate license. Some of the most popular are known to other tribes along the Northwest Coast, and provide creation myths for the everyday world.
How Raven Stole The Light
Many years ago, the earth was covered in darkness. Its people were hungry and cold. They knew not the beauty of mountains and rivers. Shadow covered all. Hunting was impossible. Berries were dry and hard.
Within this darkness was a chief. One day, while stumbling about the earth, the chief discovered an ancient box. Within that box were countless smaller boxes, each enclosing the other. The smallest box glowed and its edges were warm. The chief opened it and was surprised to discover the light of the universe.
But the chief was a selfish man. He shared the gift with no one and moved to a house by the river with his daughter. Even she did not know his secret. Every night he would send her to get water and every night he would open his treasure, spilling a little light from the hut’s smoke hole.
Raven was very unhappy about the state of the world. Like man, he was hungry and cold in the dark and he bumped into many things as he flew about between earth and sky.
One day, Raven flew over the chief’s hut and noticed a faint light. Raven landed on the roof and peeked inside. He was astounded to find an old man basking in the glow of the universe as the sun, moon and stars lay scattered at his feet.
Raven decided to steal the light, but first had to find a way to get inside the hut
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The thread is quite interesting, but, I would have to disagree with the video of the crows hanging on the electrical line mourning their dead. I personally think they are waiting for the cars to get out of the way so they can feast off the dead one in the street. I have seen many of crow chowing down on dead animal carcasses. They are scavengers of the dead.
reply to post by PapagiorgioCZ
Yes, vilifying and then killing something seems to be the default solution for solving all the problems that man has created.edit on 12-12-2013 by dainoyfb because: (no reason given)