Legends of the Raven’s caw

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.

Photo by Kotsuis Hohhug

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?

More Raven Costumes

I really enjoyed seeing the creative, beautiful raven costumes people have made and so I am sharing some more I found…

(Photo Source: http://www.costumes-for-adults.com/horror_gothic_costumes/)


(Photo Source: Martha Stewart)


(Photo Source: http://www.costumes.org/ETHNIC/aknative/tuma/92873_18.jpg)


This is a raven costume by Martha Stewart dot com -- it even has instructions! (http://www.marthastewart.com/how-to/raven-costume)


What a great teacher! (http://www.coolclass.ca/images/ben_gadd_raven_costume.jpg)

Raven lady

Originally uploaded by myersjp81

The caption reads…

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. 

Raven Costumes

Well, the photograph of the raven costume in the last post inspired me to search for raven costumes… and I am flabbergasted at the results… see for yourself:

A steampunk-themed raven-y costume…

(Photo Source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/riss/4586409967/)

The costume design for the Snow Queen – Raven

(Photo Source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/angrianan/3987241792/)

Glam-Raven-y Costume

(Photo Source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/josephrobertson/51461744/)

A Raven Mask (homemade!)

(Photo Source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/62686989@N00/4624870707/)

An adorable child’s raven costume…

(Photo Source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/9072595@N06/4087062975/)


Another raven costume…

(Photo Source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/zukizilla/3903848955/)

A professional raven costume — fantastic…

(Photo Source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/14980862@N03/3709097129/)

A sketch for a raven costume…

(Photo Source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/claredubs/4626153646/)

A plushy raven costume…

(Photo Source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/10364044@N00/4347231084/)

Another excellent raven costume for children…

(Photo Source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jrishel/4061943613/)

Another fabulous self-made Raven costume for women…

(Photo Source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/this-love-is-cursed/4055989174/)

Well, we know that others love ravens as much as we do… if you have personal raven (or crow or any corvid) costume photos to share, email me below.

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