Gaagi-diwali (Crow in a Pot) Picture

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According to American crow mythology, pots made by certain Native Americans were said to carry a spirit known as Gaagi-diwali, or “crow in a pot.” These beings are so powerful that they were trapped in mystic pots molded by shamans. Like the genies of Arabian myth, one can free a Gaagi from its prison. To release the spirit, a crow must place one of his/her feathers into the pot, then rub it. The spirit will grant any wish or desire.

Gaagi-diwali are not tricksters or malignant, but are usually helpful and benevolent. Despite this, however, any corvid that comes across the pot of a Gaagi-diwali will have any wish granted, whether they are for good or evil purposes. Gaagi-diwali were once free spirits created by the Crow of the Sun (the American crows’ creator god) to serve as his emissaries on earth. But they were soon bound to magic pots by human shamans, who feared that their powers were far too great to possess, and could have led to temptation. To this day, many American crows search far and wide to find such pots, and hope that maybe one has a Gaagi inside.

The Gaagi-diwali was popular in one story. In this legend, a juvenile crow, who wanted to become the greatest member of his tribe, found a Gaagi and used him to grant his every wish and win the heart of the dominant crow’s daughter. But the pot was taken by the vain prince of a rival flock. Without the Gaagi, the fledgling used his own strength and wits to defeat the evil prince, and finally marry the princess and assume his role as the new leader of the tribe. This tale is similar to the famous human story, “Aladdin and the Magic Lamp.”

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