The Raven of Matyas Corvinus

In the middle of the 15th century, Hungary had bad luck hanging on to its foreign kings: Two of them died unexpectedly within seven years. They suffered amidst plague, treachery, and foreign encroachment and seemed all but doomed to lose their hold on bloodline and border.At this dark moment, the Hungarians looked to a 15 year old boy, Mátyás (or Matthias in English) for salvation. According...

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Yata-Garasu – The Ravens of Japanese Myth

One of the oldest symbols in Japanese mythology is the 3-Legged Bird, called Yatagarasu (八咫烏) in Japanese. This legendary bird was said to have led the Emperor Jimmu from Kumano no kuni (熊の国), which is present-day Wakyama Prefecture, to Yamato no kuni (大和国), which is present-day Nara Prefecture. The three-legged (or "tripedal") bird is a creature found in various mythologies and arts of Asia, Asia Minor,...

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Raven Lore: Origin of Light

According to the Native American legend told by many Pacific Northwest tribes, including the Inuit, "In the beginning the world was in total darkness." This is a common beginning to most creation stories, but this one has a twist. The Raven, who had existed from the beginning of time, was tired of groping about and bumping into things in the dark. One day the Raven came upon the mouth...

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