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Vulture: The Culture

Have you ever seen vultures soaring above your head or just in front of you?

It never ceases to amaze me how they open their huge wings and let the wind support them, as they take the beautiful air currents and go up and down in spirals or to the right or to the left, with such ease and grace. They are so elegant!

The vultures not only teach us to surrender to the currents of the winds, as they dive into the deep sky and dance with the winds of change. They show us how to move forward effortlessly, as a community. They move together keeping their own individuality.

I know that in some places they may have a bad reputation and even the word vulture can be used as an insult, but if you really take the time to watch these amazing creatures, sure you will understand how much they help us and the planet to be healthy. Vultures feed on corpses and that prevents disease to appear or spread. They teach us about truly recycling and leaving nothing to waste.

Here where I live, you can see vultures gliding in the sky just through your window every day if you want to. They live in the small caves in the hills surrounding my village, but actually they live in the surroundings of many of the villages around here.

There were Celts around, long time ago, taking care of the amazing trees in the woods. Celts were close to Nature and considered the vultures as a gift from the gods. In their culture, when someone died, especially if that someone was a child or someone important (like a wise man or a great hunter), they put their remains in a sacred higher place, for the vultures to feed upon. They asked the vultures to take that beloved one to the gods in the sky. Vultures were loved and consulted as wise messengers.

Vultures have been related with Hades, the Greek god of the underworld, so with Pluto, his Roman version as well. So, somehow different cultures have associated these magnificent creatures with change and transition and death (being death the biggest change) and of course, rebirth and starting a new cycle.