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Two is for Joy by AgarthanGuide Two is for Joy by AgarthanGuide
Counting Ravens

I was reading about the history of this rhyme, and it turns out that it is about Magpies, they are counting Magpies. Sometimes other birds are used, including Jackdaws and Crow, and very occasional Ravens.

I had only ever learned it as Ravens. Is that strange? Did anyone else learn the rhyme as Ravens?
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xemskax Featured By Owner May 11, 2012
I love this picture, it's lovely, i don't know how to describe what i think of it. and I have always counted the magpie's. 1 for sorrow, 2 for joy, 3 for a girl, 4 for a boy, 5 for silver, 6 for gold, 7 for a secret, never to be told...
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BumbleBeeFairy Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Lovely work, it is an enchanting image :heart: I always learnt it as magpies, a lot of people I know say hello (or salute) to a lone magpie because there is an old wives tale that if you don't he will be offended and give you bad luck :)
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xemskax Featured By Owner May 11, 2012
My mum once helped a lone magpie once, i'm sure it had hurt it's wing or something and for about a month after that she had a stream of bad luck, missing her coach, hurting her back etc it was quite strange xx
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