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Raven and Marriage is a narrative which originated from the Tlingit Indian tribe This story comes under the category of Trickster Tale a story where the main character usually an animal which takes the form of a human is a deceiver In this story the major character is Raven who married a girl Fog-over-the-salmon whose father is a chief Fog-over-the-salmon provided Raven with plenty of salmon fish that he loved but somehow they quarelled Raven hit his wife and she went away Later on Raven wanted to marry the daughter of another chief A bird who knew about Ravens past prevented Raven from marrying her Angered by that Raven cursed that neither he nor the bird will get the woman instead she will get married to a nobody With his magic Raven turned a poor old man named Damnadji into a handsome rich man The woman instantly fell in love with Damnadji and they got married Eventually the truth was revealed and it displeased everybody There are variety of characters in Raven and Marriage It is clear that Raven is the villain of the story Probably raven was chosen instead of other animals because black which is the colour of a raven is often associated with death darkness and evil Damnadji is a grey character not fully good nor bad At the beginning he knew that he could not marry the chiefs daughter because he is poor thus unfit for her but he was tempted by Ravens offer The chief and his daughter are not totally bad but as ordinary humans they are tempted by materialistic wealth The people who lives around Damnadji needs to be highlighted in particular It is told that when Damnadji returned to his village with his wife everyone rejected him They refused to take his wife help carry the goods Damnadjis father-in-law and his slaves brought in the canoe and they refused to get water for Damnadjis guests All of
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