Latin speakers interpreted the raven's call "Cras! Cras!" to mean "Tomorrow! Tomorrow!" And this soon became the symbol of the foolish sinner who puts off conversion. While others thought it symbolized the hope of something new or a better day. Here is an example from the 15th century depiction of a crow saying "cras cras", which is not only an onomatopoeia but also means, according to the author, in Latin: “Tomorrow… you’ll die”. Actually it can be translated by an ominous “Tomorrow, tomorrow” and again, what this meant to different people could be very different. This picture makes it a little more ominous!
To the North American Eskimos, the raven's cry sounded like "Kak, kak, kak!" which means 'a deer-skin blanket.' According to their legends, the raven's cries warned people not to forget their blankets when they moved.
As intelligent as these birds are, it isn't such a stretch of the imagination that the ravens could have been trying to help the Eskimos so they could survive. If they survived, then the ravens could eat the carcasses of the animals hunted. They could live near by and thus reduce their own work hunting. Who knows?
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This exhibit was really crazy. The Costume Institute put it on, but put all the mannequins in the period rooms, which are usually empty (of both mannequins and museum-goers apparently). This one was crazy, since she's holding her mask in one hand, and the raven face is supposed to be her actual face. The table in front of her has a whole bunch of bird statues (like she's holding court, or something) and they had raven cries looping in the background. It was probably the most provoking exhibit we saw.
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Ok, how clever is this? People are so fun, aren't they? I really admire the ability to enjoy life. It is prevalent throughout humanity.
I would love this costume. How fun.