Superstitions about ravens are common in legends including the belief they are the ghosts of murder victims and are hosts for the souls of the damned. The raven has long been considered a bird of ill omen, probably because of its black plumage, croaking call, and taste for the dead and decaying flesh of other animals.Know More
A group of six ravens, their wings clipped to prevent escape, inhabit the Tower of London. It is believed that if the group is lost or flies away, "the Crown will fall and Britain with it." Wild ravens have lived there for centuries, first attracted by the smell of corpses from the the Crown's executed enemies. According to Danish folklore from the late 19th century, when a king or chieftain was killed in battle and later eaten by ravens, the ravens became a "valravne." The valravne that ate the king's heart gained human knowledge. It could then perform great malicious acts, could lead people astray, and had superhuman powers.
Literature has not been kind to ravens. Edgar Allan Poe, William Shakespeare and Stephen King have all contributed to the bad reputations of the birds.
The Common Raven (Corvus corax) is found across the Northern Hemisphere. A large bird, ravens measure 25 inches in length and weigh about 2.6 pounds. They live up to 21 years in the wild and mate for life. The brains of ravens are among the largest of any bird species. They watch where other ravens bury their food cache in order to steal from them later. As a result, ravens have even been observed pretending to bury food without actually doing so just to throw off their brethren.Learn more about Superstition
Superstition is one coping mechanism that helps some people manage the unknowns of life and situations beyond control according to WebMD. Humans often use them in the struggle for control over the world and situations that occur.Full Answer >
Superstitions that are exclusive to France include never placing bread upside down, never giving a knife as a gift and never lighting three cigarettes with the same match. The French also believe that stepping in dog excrement with your left foot brings good luck.Full Answer >
An orange moon, sometimes called the "blood moon," has many superstitions and myths that surround it. Some say it's a sign of the apocalypse or that the world is going to change, while others claim it marks the end of days. Many of these superstitions stem from biblical passages.Full Answer >
Some believe if the first butterfly a person sees in the year is white, she benefits from good luck for the rest of the year. While many superstitions regarding butterflies pertain to good luck, others involve butterflies as souls, weather predictors and omens of death.Full Answer >