Understanding Odin and His Companions

by Bill Joslin

The optimum number of wolves for hunting is two. However, when factoring in meat lost to scavenging crows and ravens, plus the time and effort in chasing these corvids off the kill, the optimum rises to six.

On the other hand, crows and ravens form bonds with wolves and wolves follow crow calls to find game. They have a symbiotic, cooperative relationship.

The corvids help the wolves find game and in turn the corvids gain carcasses to scanvenge. This relationship deepens to the point that crows and wolves form play bonds. And the population of wolves per square mile depends on the corvid population.

Crows created the wolf pack.

There exists a strong theory that wolves domesticated themselves. They did so by following human hunting parties and lingering on the edge of human settlements. The wolves who were less proximity sensitive (a proto-domestication trait) remained around humans for an easy meal, and those who were higher in proximity sensitivity returned to the crows.

Over time wolves which stayed near humans and shared the low proximity sensitivity trait mated and thus began the biological domestication of wolves.

Wolves demonstrating domestication traits (smaller teeth, floppy ears, shorter snouts, curly tails) dates back nearly 20,000 years prior to human and dogs living together.

With out the domestication of dogs, man most likely would not have domesticated other animals (all domestic animals : cows, goats etc are not likely candidates for domestication compared to other available choices). Without domestication of animals and then plants, man may not have evolved advanced social systems.

Wolves created man.

Crows, wolves, man – Odin with his crow and wolf companions.

It might seem like mythological nonsense but it is not based in metaphysical lies institutionalized as law like other religions

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