«A death-crow can be many things and one of the ways it has been used which
has been used as a metaphor “to exult in triumph” or “as the crow flies”, in a straight
line: by the most direct route. It is considered one of the most intelligent birds thus
far studied. Folklore often represents corvids as clever, and even mystical, animals.
Due to their carrion diet, the Celtic peoples strongly associated corvids with war,
death and the battlefield. In many parts of Britain, gatherings of crows, or more often
magpies, are counted using the divination rhyme: one for sorrow, two for joy, three
for a girl, four for a boy, five for silver six for gold, seven for a secret never to be told.
Cornish superstition holds that when a lone magpie is encountered, it must be loudly
greeted with respect. The 6th century BC Greek scribe Aesop featured corvids as
intelligent antagonists in many fables. Later, in western literature, popularized by the
American poet Edgar Allan Poe’s work “The Raven”, the common raven becomes a
ymbol of the main character’s descent into madness.» (sic)
Somewhat like the 'Whitechapel Ripper Walk – Jack the Ripper Tour London',
the ADoR (Athenian Dens of Ravens) walk that takes place in central Athens was newly
attempted and created in faith; a self-guided tour about abandoned dens and old hideouts
of anti-conformists opposed to the government. A coded, discreet yet significant marking to
identify the spaces the walking tour would take the person through.
Following the aforementioned reference, the crow became a counter-symbol for these very entrances
whilst blending in with the rest of the graffiti in the area. The portrayed sitting, looking-left
crow indicates the extreme political view yet the lack of any further information keeps the
locations still hidden from the general public; locations that were once terrorist shelters now
long imprisoned accused of several serious attacks in Athens.