1. The bringer of magic
2. The messenger of the underworld--in Celtic mythologies they are said to carry messages to and from the queen of the underworld (not Hell, but the realm spirits go to after death).
3. Many Native American legends tell stories of how the Raven. Once a white bird, but due tothe invading caucasian men lost its consort the white buffalo and no longer had a clean perch when it grew tired. It had to land in the mud and to punish the men who had destroyed the sacred buffalo, the raven remained blackened from the dark mud. Another story tells of raven the light bringer: a wicked king stole the sun and hid it away, but the king had a daughter. So, the raven being cunning, watched the daughter go for a drink at the stream where it turned itself into a tiny twig in the water and was swallowed by the girl. When inside her, it became a growing child and in nine months she delivered a raven the looked like a baby. The king liked the baby so much that he let the baby play with the sun, and as soon as the raven had the ball of light, it turned back into a bird and flew away, returning the sun to the sky.
A raven took to the sky, carrying the soul of a person recently dead and brought him to the entrance of the underworld, nudging him forward to meet the queen.
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