Bird Folklore of Healing and Death

Elder Mountain Dreaming

By Phoenix of Elder Mountain –As a bird shaman, a very ancient one, birds have been my helpers, my animism souls and my bringers of prophecy my whole life. In Etymology, Avis in Arabic means to fly away in reference to a “bird” and in Greek and Roman Latin it means “Bird”. The more correct Latin is Avis Praeda which means “Bird of Prey”.

The basic theme and meaning of this Avis bird, which has several different names in different cultures is that it can sure and bring death equally. There is a bird known as the Iterus, from its peculiar color; if the patient looks at it, he will be cured of jaundice, they say, and the bird will die. This is the same bird that is known in Latin by the name of Galgulus.

In Roman Mythology the caladrius is a snow-white bird that lives in the king and queen’s…

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