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Etymology of the word crow, Uralic, Indo-European, Turkish, Sumerian language comparisons

By Mehmet Kurtkaya, Published on November 7, 2018


Crow has a special place in mythology as a totem animal. It also has a special role in ancient myths. They are also called ravens.

It is known from myths and deities from Troy, Rome but also from Turkish mythology in Siberia. The etymology of this word can provide important information on ancient linguistic roots. See Bull cult and the word for Ox, Cow and Taurus.

Wiktionary has the following etymology for crow:

From Middle English crowe, from Old English crāwe, from Proto-Germanic *krāwō (compare West Frisian krie, Dutch kraai, German Krähe), from *krāhaną ‘to crow’.

The origin of the word is erronously referred to the sound of the animal! Certainly not.

Let us look at the Sumerian word for crow. Parpola in his seminal paper on Sumerian Uralic word comparison results notes Miguel Civil's attention on the alternation of /g/ and /b/, including gurux or buru4 "crow," and notes the common Uralic word for "crow," *kwarüks.

Turkish word is karga. That is very close to both Indo-European and Uralic words but also to the Sumerian, "gurux or buru4". All of these words are related.

The sound "wa" and "wo" is equivalent to Sumerian Turkish "uğa". (See Water, Father, and Mother: Indo-European Languages derive from Turkish).

Uralic "kwaruks becomes "kuğaruuks", and Proto-Germanic *krāwō becomes "krauğa" comparing that with Turkish word "karga" we see the immediate similarity.There is more.

Latin "corvus", French "corbeau" and Turkish "karga" are not only similar but they also display the v and g - b interchangeability found between Sumerian Turkish and Uralic languages. They are one and same word.

Indo-Euroepan (both germanic and Latin), Sumerian, Turkish, Uralic words for "crow" are related plus they obey the sound rule mentioned above.

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