Ebony feathers and a gleaming black stare: Even without the myth and superstition surrounding these birds, seeing the raven as a harbinger for evil and doom is effortless. The superstition of these birds supports the eerie feeling they arouse.

Not only is the sight of a raven considered an ill omen to some, but the sound is as well, especially if it is heard from the left. People don’t like being faced with their own mortality. One look at the raven, and an ominous, foreboding feeling follows. Let’s explore why this innocent and intelligent bird evokes this emotion. As with all superstitions, it is a matter of conditioning.

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