Raven Tattoos: the symbolism
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Beloved subjects for both Black and Gray and Traditional styles (but not only!), ravens represent wisdom and are the proud owners of beautiful dark feathers, that once were white…

Ravens are mystic creatures linked to the mystery and the symbolism of many traditions. This bird is associated with many symbols, such as reincarnation, fortune, wisdom, and death.

Daniel Baczewski, InkDependent Tattoo, Edinburgh, UK
Daniel Baczewski, InkDependent Tattoo, Edinburgh, UK

In Celtic mythology the raven features in many legends. It is told for instance that the god Odin had two ravens (named Huginn and Muninn) that could fly for him every day all over the world, just to tell him everything they saw and heard.

The raven is also a symbol of personal growth, and this is a firm belief of Native Americans. In their tradition the raven is the “ferryman of souls” who escorts spirits from this world to the afterlife.

Yao, Art Exhibit Tattoo, Terracina, Italy
Yao, Art Exhibit Tattoo, Terracina, Italy

Everybody knows that ravens are also the symbol of the night… But did you know that they were white? That was how Celts and Native Americans used to depict them. This legend is linked to the God Lugh (the God of the Sun), who changed their colour to black (symbol of chaos and loss of inner light) after they betrayed him.

Lugh felt betrayed because a raven that was supposed to protect his beloved wife from other suitors failed in its duties and as punishment lost its white plumage.

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