Messenger of the Gods… #writephoto – by Ashwini

Yet another attempt at a Photo Prompt which was posted by Sue Vincent. This article will give a little insight in the mythological and cultural significance of a crow.

Crows are birds of spirit and are associated with the mysteries of life and death in almost all of the cultures. These long living birds of mysteries are the omens of change and are said to manifest the mysteries of time.

In Hinduism they represent the spirits of the dead and are considered to be messengers from the world of the Pitr (ancestors). The crowing of the crow is also considered as a good omen or a message believing that either a letter (news) will come from relatives not heard from for a long time, or that some unexpected guests/visitors will arrive.

According to a reference found in Valmiki’s Ramayan, it is believed that when Lord Rama pierced an arrow in the eyes of Jayant (Lord Indra’s Son, who disguised himself as a crow to flirt with Sita –Rama’s wife), he cursed the crows to lose the sight of one eye and be able to use only one eyeball at a time. But having mercy on them he further added that crow’s eyes will have magical powers and will be able to see ancestors and unsatisfied souls.

Further crows are also the vahana (vehicle) of Lord Shani (protector of the wealth and property). During the Pitru Paksha (literally: the forth-night of the ancestors) balls of cooked rice (Pinda Daan) is ceremoniously offered to the crows who are believed to be none other than the spirits of one’s ancestors. Crows also play a very important role in the death rites of a Hindu.

According to Norse mythology, Hugin (thought) and Munin (memory) are two ravens that help spirits of the God Odin. They are believed to sit on Odin’s shoulders and whisper all the news which they see and hear into his ear. Crows along with being the spirits of the dead and magical, are also believed to be the birds of intellect and power.

In Greek mythology there are said to be a symbol of good luck and the messengers of the Gods to the mortal world.

Crows have a great mythology about them. They are the messengers calling us to see and understand the symbols of spiritual strength, creation and magic that is alive within our world.

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About Sue Vincent

Sue Vincent is a Yorkshire-born writer and one of the Directors of The Silent Eye, a modern Mystery School. She writes alone and with Stuart France, exploring ancient myths, the mysterious landscape of Albion and the inner journey of the soul. Find out more at France and Vincent. She is owned by a small dog who also blogs. Follow her at and on Twitter @SCVincent. Find her books on Goodreads and follow her on Amazon worldwide to find out about new releases and offers. Email:
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