Passing on to birds, the crow is a famous fetish or totem.  It personifies in Hindu tradition the soul of the dead man; to give food to the crows, known in Northern India as Kigaur, is equivalent to offering food to the manrs. Rama in the Rrimayana orders Sitn to make this offering, and Yama, in reward for its services, conceded to the crow the right of eating the funeral meats, for which reason the shades of the dead, when this food is given to the crows, arc enabled to pass into a better world. Hence the bird is known as B’diputhta or “nourished by offerings ” and Balibli vj or “devourcr of oblations.” – William Crooke, An introduction to the popular religion and folklore of northern India


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