Cleaning Up Our Mess

Ravens figure heavily in Celtic mythology and legend. They were linked to darkness and death – especially the death of warriors in battle. Celtic war goddesses often took the form of a raven. In “The Dream of Rhonabwy”, the knight Owein battles King Arthur in a dream world assisted by ravens. Some tales suggest that the great King Arthur himself was turned in to a raven upon his death.


The Morrigan, a goddess of war, often appeared on the battlefields in the shape of a raven.

Because ravens were a common sight on the battlefields they have become know as one of the Beasts of Battle and feared. It must have been a shocking sight for survivors to see murders of ravens hovering over the slain devouring them. Little wonder that fear has been etched into the hearts of the human race.

But cleaning up the mess of mankind is hardly the original sin. The sin was the blood thirsty, relentless wars that saw so many women, children and men killed for the sake of some cause that felt right at that time.

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  • imogen88  On June 12, 2011 at 11:53 am

    It’s what nature has to do, to keep a kind of order. Somewhere about ravens it says they were so feared and despised they even disappeared from the Tower of London, and then the Royalty at the time saw the uproar and ordered them protected and restored them, where they flourish again.

  • gwenguin1  On June 13, 2011 at 1:23 am

    Brother (or Sister) Raven have some important, if unromantic, jobs to do for the planet. I’m sure they appreciate our defence of them as a species.

  • Traveller  On June 13, 2011 at 1:05 pm

    it is also said of the ravens in the Tower of London that, if they should abandon the tower, the royal house will fall ….

  • woodnymph  On June 13, 2011 at 2:05 pm

    Not only are your drawings a delight to view, your narrative is so educating. Thank you.


  • shewolfy728  On June 14, 2011 at 12:11 am

    Someone does indeed have to clean up the messes, and the ravens and crows do us a good service that way.

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