Raven in Roman Mithraism

Should draw your attention to this article on the raven in mythology: http://www.ravenfamily.org/nascakiyetl/obs/rav1.html.

It mentions all sorts of characters and concepts that come up in the Phantacea Mythos including the Morrigan and Badb (Battle Baby) who feature in “Goddess Gambit“.

E-book cover for Goddess Gambit, artwork by Verne Andru

E-book cover for “Goddess Gambit” — ISBN 978-0-9878683-3-6

Unfortunately I didn’t realize that ravens were the choughs of the Valkyries” when I wrote “Feeling Theocidal” (but that’s only because I’d never heard the word before). As per here I did know they were connected to them, though.

E-book cover for "Feeling Theocidal", artwork by Verne Andru, 2008

E-book cover for “Feeling Theocidal”, artwork by Verne Andru, 2008

One thing the article doesn’t mention is that Corax (Raven) is the first step for initiates in Roman Mithraism. (Seen the stonework in Ostia Antica haven’t I.) More re Roman Mithraism is here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mithraic_mysteries#Degrees_of_initiation

While I knew that the collective noun for crows was murder I didn’t realize it was unkindness for ravens. Then again, other than ravens are much bigger, I’m still not sure how to tell the difference.

I’d like to tell you that Phantacea’s Raven’s Head was deliberately created to connect to all these mythologies, and perhaps she was, but the name came from a Yates & Jackson, Lancaster beer mug that I still have.

Collage of images  prepared by Jim McPherson entitled Raven's Head

Raven’s Head collage prepared by Jim McPherson mostly using his own shots

Remind me to take a picture of it sometime for pHantaBlog. Ravenhead Glass may actually still exist, too. More on Raven is here: http://www.phantacea.com/deviants1.htm#secondRow.


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  4. Should have added that the equivalent of Odin’s ravens. Huginn and Muninn, appeared in “Forever & 40 Days”, the first graphic novel published by Phantacea Publications (1990). There they meshed with Kemen Seb’s unicorn and became the first Ravenhead. He, it or she appears on its cover alongside Xuthros Hor, the Biblical Noah.
    The article claims that they represent “… a split between active and passive roles. Huginn is Thought, and Muninn is Memory, and Odin sends these two birds off around the world at daybreak, to bring him the daily news.” Of course Odin thrived long before the Internet.
    BTW, in Phantacea Jaro Dan, aka Jared the Sixth Patriarch of Golden Age Humankind, is identified with Odin. Check out http://www.phantacea.info/patriars.htm#patriars for bags more. 4-Ever’s website is here: http://www.phantacea.com/4-ever4Synop.htm#logo

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