Crow: Legend and Lore

Crows have long been feared and maligned throughout history. A distant cousin of the raven, the crow is smaller, has a smaller beak, and a distinct “caw” call. Crows are often seen as a harbinger of death and doom. Many believe it is the reason a group of crows are called a, “murder.” These birds […]


One of the more curious of Appalachian customs revolves around death customs. Primarily, why were clocks stopped when someone died? Why were mirrors covered? Here is some clocklore to satisfy curiosity. These traditions, which indeed have roots in Western Europe, are summed up as such: Clocks were covered to avoid bad luck. Sometimes the clock […]

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