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Apollodorus, Library (ed. Sir James George Frazer), book 3 (search)
on sees two crows engaged in sexual congress, he
will die unless one of his relations sheds tears. To avert this catastrophe, false news
as to the death are sent by the post or telegraph, and subsequently corrected by a
letter or telegram announcing that the individual is alive” （E.
Thurston, op. cit. p. 278）. A similar belief as to the dire effect of
seeing crows coupling, and a similar mode of averting the calamity, are reported in the
Central Provinces of India （M. R. Pedlow,
“Superstitions among Hindoos in the Central Provinces,” The
Indian Antiquary, xxix. Bombay, 1900, p. 88）. Hence,
when Hera and Zeus disputed whether the pleasures of love are felt more by
women or by men, they referred to him for a decision. He said that if the pleasures of
love be reckoned at ten, men enjoy one and women nine. Wherefore Hera blinded him, but
Zeus bestowed on him the art of soothsaying.