About the Book
From ancient lore, down millenniums, traveling through worldwide mythologies, legends, and folktales, the mythical raven is entwined in the history of mankind. Most researchers agree that about twenty thousand years ago the first Americans came from Siberia across the Bering Land Bridge to what is now North America. The Siberians and their shamans were accompanied by the mythical raven who mediated between the physical and spiritual worlds.
With the Siberian influence, Northwest Native American mythology speaks of the raven as creator, destroyer, and trickster. As in Siberia, raven soars on the wind between the great spirit/mystery and the physical world. Raven teaches respect for earth and the oneness of all that is.
In RavenWind, author Hartzell Cobbs offers at look at the raven's role in world history and in Native American myths, legends, and folktales. He tells how the raven of folklore calls one to follow, to listen, and experience life with all its complexity, insight, ambiguity, contraction, and humor. With an emphasis on Native American tradition, Cobbs explores the presence of mythical raven in the mundane.
About the Author
Hartzell Cobbs earned a doctorate in religion from the Claremont School of Theology, Claremont, California. He directed an international nonprofit corporation and taught gerontology, spirituality and ethics courses at Boise State University. Cobbs has taught throughout the world where he explored the folkloric myths, legends, and folktales of many cultures. Living in the Northwest, he became a student of Native American raven myth and legend that inspired the writing of this book.