From humble origins in a small train station ...
With its kicky motto
This unparalleled event not only celebrated the visitation of hundreds of vultures to a small New Jersey hamlet,
The festival reached its apex of popularity around 2009, with sacred vulture dances
And a fan favorite at every festival was the peerless mascot, Buzzy!
Of course, this sense of the sacred did not detract from the fun.
Worship of the Sacred Thunderbird spans history and cultures in the Eastern and Western Hemispheres. An archeological excavation 10,000 years old revealed that the Zawi Chami people of what is now Iraq dressed in vulture feathers for their rituals. In ancient Egypt, Vulture guarded the Pharaoh's children, and the bored Goddess Maat is pictured with the wings of a vulture.
But back to being silly:
It's doubtful that this raccoon will get well. What's more likely is that, before it starts stinking up the joint, a kindly and gentle vulture (or several) will dispose of it by eating it right down to the bones. Let's celebrate this wise custodianship of our planet!
and the Monkey Man
and those Pillsbury hot rolls with the orange icing.
I love drumming
and Polish Mountain
and cats that look like Hitler.
I love parades
and the art work of Thalia Took
Vultures are the best the world has to offer.
If you see one this weekend, give it a howdy and a hearty handshake. If anyone stares, who the hell cares?
VIRTUAL VULTURE FESTIVAL WEEKEND 2013
Artwork by ancient Egyptians, unknown hillbillies, and Thalia Took; some buzzard photos by Bird Chick and Shelly Castorino.