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    Esoteric Crows and Mystical Ravens

    Although crows and ravens are part of the same family called Corvus, they’re not exactly the same bird. Typically, ravens are quite a bit bigger than crows, and they tend to be a bit shaggier looking. Both crows and ravens have appeared in a number of different mythologies throughout the ages. In some cases these black-feathered birds are considered an omen of bad tidings, but in others they may represent a message from the Divine.

    In Celtic mythology, the warrior goddess known as the Morrighan is often seen accompanied by a group of birds, or appears in the form of a crow or raven. The Native Americans usually, but not always, considered the raven as a trickster, much like Coyote, and in the legends causes mischief and are seen as a symbol of transformation. Some tribes knew the raven as a stealer of souls.

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    "It’s hard to imagine that a crow could be as smart as you, or perhaps even smarter. But scientists have done a series of studies that prove that they might be just as good, or better, at solving problems. In one study, researchers gave crows and humans the same puzzle: A toy floats on top of water inside a tall glass, too narrow for a bird to get its beak down or for a small child to place their hands into. Children younger than eight years old are completely stumped, and generally can’t figure out a way to get the toy. But crows aren’t confused at all. They simply drop pebbles into the narrow glass. Eventually the stones displace enough water at the bottom of the glass that the toy rises to the top, and the birds can quickly snatch it."

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