raven in myth

Shea Fontana, the writer of DC Super Hero Girls and the books based on it, answered questions from fans yesterday and today. Here are the two questions I asked her on Twitter: 

Lots of fans have been wondering if/when Raven will be in the series other then the books but now it’s solidly confirmed Raven will be appearing in the webseries sometime soon and Tara Strong will be reprising her role. 

Plus she pretty much confirmed that Beast Boy does indeed have a crush on Raven. Hits and Myths already teased at that but still thank you Shea Fontana! Put BBRae in something and the fans start losing it. 

I think Beast Boy and Raven will be very close friends in this series but Beast Boy pretty much already has a crush on her though but I think Raven probably will be unaware of it however. It might go something like that but I dunno what she really has planned for these two. Guess we’ll find out soon enough. 

So be prepared for Raven appearing in the series and watch out for some BBRae too!

Significance of Ravens

Cultures around the world either depict ravens in a benevolent, or malevolent way. That aside, they are probably one of the world’s most intelligent birds, and indeed, very playful; they are one of only a few wild animals who make their own toys. They have been observed breaking off twigs to play with socially.

Ravens In Norse Culture

  • The highest Norse god, Odin, has two ravens named Huginn and Muninn (“Memory” and “Thought”). 
  • Ravens were linked to death and war, due to their preference for carrion.
  • Ravens appear in almost ever skaldic poem describing warfare.
  • Flóki Vilgerðarson was the first Norseman to intentionally sail to Iceland. On his ship he had three ravens, and whenever he thought land was near, he would release them - if the ravens would fly back, land was not near. The ravens always came back to the ship but one day, the third raven flew forwards. Floki followed that raven and found Iceland.

Ravens In Celtic Lore

  • They were linked to darkness and death – especially the death of warriors in battle.
  • Many Celtic goddesses with linked to the raven, because goddesses were usually aggressive deities. 
  • This lead to the raven being the harbinger of doom and destruction.
  • Ravens were associated with the otherworld.
  • The other main characteristic of Raven in Irish and Welsh myth is that of prophesy. 
  • Among the Irish Celts, the raven was associated with the Triple Goddess, the Morrigan, who took the shape of a raven over battlefields while protecting warriors.
  • Irish and Scots Bean Sidhes (Banshees) can take the form of ravens. Their calls from over the roof of a dwelling was considered to be an omen of death for the occupants.

To have a raven’s knowledge” is an Irish proverb meaning to have a seer’s supernatural powers

Ravens In Native American Culture

  • Native Americans called the raven the messenger of death. The Raven is found in the stories of most tribes and is generally considered a Trickster.
  • The raven is a creature of metamorphosis.
  • Foremost, the Raven is the Native American bearer of magic, and a harbinger of messages from the cosmos.  Messages that are beyond space and time are nestled in the midnight wings of the Raven and come to only those within the tribe who are worthy of the knowledge.
  • The Raven is also a keeper of secrets.

Ravens In Greco-Roman Times

  • But the Raven has not always been associated with death, spirits and darkness. Quite the contrary, the Raven was believed to be the bringer of light, truth and goodness.
  • They are said to be a symbol of good luck.
  • They were the god’s messengers in the mortal world.
  • Ravens often acted as the protectors of human seers.
  • Ravens were sacred to Apollo, the god of prophecy, and were oracular birds to him.
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“Right after he spoke, Blue threw her arms tightly around his neck. Right after he spoke, she pressed her face into the side of his. Right after he spoke, she held him like a shouted word. Love, love, love. He fell quietly from her arms. He was a king.”

A work in progress of a mythological creature from my area. His name is Krabat. A wizard, told to be able to turn into a raven, in some legends good - in some bad.
Srsly there are SO many Stories about him and his 12 Brothers and aaargh.. I love those legends.