- The raven is the national bird of Bhutan. It represents one of the most powerful deities of the country, Jarog Dongchen. Raven is thus known in the local language as ‘Jarog’. Jarog Dongchen along with Yeshey Gonpo (Mahakala) and Palden Lhamo (Mahakali) form the Divine Trinity, who protects the King and the people of Bhutan from harm and safeguard their well being. At one time, it was a capital crime to kill a Raven in Bhutan.
- The raven is the official bird of the Yukon and of the city of Yellowknife, Northwest Territories.
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- King Harald Hardrada also had a raven banner, called Landeythan (land-waster).
- The raven was a common device used by the Vikings. Ragnar Lodbrok had a raven banner called Reafan, embroidered with the device of a raven. It was said that if this banner fluttered, Lodbrok would carry the day, but if it hung lifeless the battle would be lost.
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The raven also appears in the folklore of the Isle of Man, a former Viking colony, and it is used as a symbol on their coat of arms.
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