| the devil and god are raging inside me | so if I’m a liar and you’re a thief, at least we both know where the other one sleeps
in the south where holy is just another word for terror, god and the devil wage war in cotton fields and wooden churches, on back roads and deep down in the river
they play cards and drink whiskey, bet preachers like pocket change
and then they watch, bright eyed, their hungry maws dripping blood as their children tear themselves and each other apart for the taste of absolution
the son of jotunns Farbauti and Laufey and blood-brother to Odin, Loki is by nature ambiguous. associated with lightning, wildfire, and volatile chaos, Loki sometimes helps the Aesir and sometimes causes them problems. a talented shape-shifter, he earns the kennings of Silver-tongue and Lie-smith. at first, he appears as a mischievous, handsome troublemaker, but as time goes on, his tricks darken to outright murder. as punishment for the death of Balder, Loki is chained to three rocks in a cave on Earth with a poisonous serpent fastened over his head. his wife Sigyn holds a basin to catch the venom, but she must leave at intervals to empty it. then the poison falls on Loki’s face and he writhes in pain, causing earthquakes. he will be freed at the onset of Ragnarok and the end of the world.
THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN WOLVES AND RAVENS
Ravens and wolves form social attachments with each other and take huge advantage of each other.
Both animals eat meat. When wolves killed a prey, ravens eat from the left over cadaver and scavenge it. Also, ravens lead wolves to preys or cadavers. The ravens fly and the wolves follow. Ravens also alert wolves to dangers.
They also play with each other. For example the ravens dive at the wolves and then speed away or peck their tails to try to get the wolves to chase them, or wolf cubs chasing after teasing ravens.
Dr. L. David Mech wrote in ‘The Wolf: The Ecology and Behaviour of an Endangered Species’: "It appears that the wolf and the raven have reached an adjustment in their relationships such that each creature is rewarded in some way by the presence of the other and that each is fully aware of the other’s capabilities."
Also very interesting: Bernd Heinrich wrote in ‘Mind of the Raven: Investigations and Adventures with Wolf-Birds’: "Ravens can be attracted to wolf howls. The wolves’ howls before they go on a hunt, and it is a signal that the birds learn to heed. Conversely, wolves may respond to certain raven vocalizations or behavior that indicate prey. The raven-wolf association may be close to a symbiosis that benefits the wolves and ravens alike. At a kill site, the birds are more suspicious and alert than wolves. The birds serve the wolves as extra eyes and ears."
(Picture by Michael S. Nolan)
— Pan’s Labyrinth (via natural-magics)