symbols in the world of Carnivàle
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THE SIGNIFICANCE OF NAMES
BY JEFFERY FRY
Taking a hint from the
last names "Crowe" and "Hawkins",
I pulled some info on the mythology behind the
"bird" roots of the names and found
some interesting info.
Most notably, while both
are very contrasted in their symbolism (night
and day), both are associated with the Greek
God Apollo (The Greek God of the Sun).
Crows, and their raven
cousins, have always held a spot in mythology
as the symbols of occult knowledge and power,
wisdom, and, above all, war. Associated with
the Otherworld, war, night and death. Perhaps
from their macabre attendance on the battlefield,
corvids have accompanied such mythological figures
as the Norse God Odin, the Greek god Apollo,
and the Celtic Goddess Morrigan. Because of
their connection with war and death, crows have
generally been seen as symbols of ill fortune.
In Polynesian stories,
the hawk appears as a prophetic bird, with healing
powers. In Celtic mythology, hawks were very
often malevolent birds. In many mythologies,
the hawk is a solar bird, associated with sun
gods. In Ancient Egypt, the hawk, was a royal
bird. Gods depicted as being hawk-headed, or
accompanied by hawks, were Ra (the sun god),
Horus, Khensu, Ptah, Mentu, Rehu, Sokar &
Keghsenuf. The hawk was also associated with
the Great Mother Amenti. In Greek myth, the
goddess Circe was associated with hawks. A hawk
was the messenger of Apollo.