Emelie, I should also like to add a sort of funny experience I had last week... I got off work early at about 4am in the morning and decided to do the week's grocery shopping. I went to the Walmart which is open all night and did my shopping... when I came back out to my car it was surrounded by crows, at least a dozen or more all around my car and only my car. A guy who had just gotten out of his car laughed and said "that's not a good sign is it"... I laughed and said "no, this isn't a good omen"... and proceeded to shoosh away the birds and stow away my groceries. Upon backing out of my parking spot I noticed the remains of a sandwich which had been under my car... turned out it was just a bunch of crows out for an easy meal... no omen at all. That's how I view religion... we see and feel things that we sometimes don't understand at face value and turn them into things that have meaning. Often that meaning is linked to how we were brought up as children and is greatly influenced by society and cultural traditions. Crows and ravens carry certain cultural baggage... but to me they are just fine birds who happen to be black. You started an interesting thread questioning our gender roles and how society dictates those often confining and ultimately unfair roles... why not also question how society and culture dictates how we learn and accept supernatural beliefs? We're started off at a very young age and taught to accept a God as creator of the Universe, that we are loved by this creator and have a destiny; and if we behave ourselves and do those things that are expected of us we will be rewarded with everlasting life. It's the bill of goods we're sold and while these early teachings often mutate into more grown up beliefs, they stay with us for a lifetime. This is how society orders and comforts itself, that we have a special place in the scheme of things and to behave accordingly.