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Woman Eaten By Vultures

Trudy

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
(2006) Roncesvalles to Leon (2007) Leon to Compostela
Ummm, have to say that sort of thing has crossed my mind. In 2006, walking towards Villamayor de Monjardin, I stopped for a break and just stood watching the birds high above me. After a few minutes of standing still, I realised they were circling me and getting closer and closer. What I took to be eagles were, in fact, vultures. A couple of hours later arriving pilgrims mentioned they had seen vultures devouring a dead sheep in much the same area I'd been in.

Food for thought there? Sorry, not a very good pun! But we do tend to forget that, while we think we are invincible and better than other creatures, we are just part of the food chain.

Trudy

EDIT: Perhaps I should point out that vultures only eat dead creatures, they are not going to pounce on unsuspecting pilgrims!
 

RENSHAW

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
2003 CF Roncesvalles to Santiago
2/4 weeks every year on CF reaching Burgos or Leon. Hospitalero San Anton June 2016.
Lise T said:
OH MY GOSH!!!!! That's a bit scary. :shock:
Poor Vultures get all the blame , next thing you know , they will be against ants ..well they eat the dead as too? :mrgreen:
 

NicoZ

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
2013
If you don't want to be eaten plan on never dying.

Or you could get even and have roast vulture for dinner :mrgreen:
 

ffp13

Addicted pilgrim
Camino(s) past & future
Completed Caminos: 2009 SJPP, 2011 Roncessvalle , 2012 Pamploma, 2013 Roncessvalle, 2013 Porto, 2014 Burgos, 2014 Porto

Future: Roncessvalle
RENSHAW said:
Lise T said:
OH MY GOSH!!!!! That's a bit scary. :shock:
Poor Vultures get all the blame , next thing you know , they will be against ants ..well they eat the dead as too? :mrgreen:
Don't forget the maggots
 

Tincatinker

Moderator
Staff member
Camino(s) past & future
Lots ;0)
High in the Picos de Europa, in a broad sink hole, I fell asleep watching a Wall Creeper. I awoke to a Griffon Vulture watching me.

Pilgrims are advised to twitch occasionally, that Griff wasn't going to come any closer until it was sure I was dead. They will wait for a fox or a crow to succeed in getting a mouthful before they will risk an injury to those impressive wings.
 

Jennifer Juniper

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances fall 2014 or 2015
As intimidating as the image of being eaten by vultures(what Buddhists call sky burial) can be, we need to remember that without vultures, crows,foxes, and in the oceans,sharks and shellfish, the planet would be overwhelmed with decaying flesh and garbage.Carrion eaters are the earth's 'sanitation engineers'and we owe them a debt of thanks for keeping the planet clean. I heard recently that if all the sharks were hunted and became extinct,there would be so much garbage in the ocean that you wouldn't be able to see more than a foot ahead of you underwater.
"To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven."Eccles.
 

WildPlace

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances 2013, 2015
Via de la Plata (2020)
I have a Gibraltarian friend who is an ornithologist and says "oh, when i die just take me out into Spain and let the vultures eat me, so i can be returned to nature". I think he is only half joking...
 

oursonpolaire

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
2002, Toulouse/Aragon 2005, Cami S Jaume/Aragon 2007/9, Mont Saint Michel/Norte/Vadiniense 2011, Norte/Primitivo 2013, Norte/Primitivo 2014. Norte 2015, Cami S Jaume/Castellano-Aragonese 2016
@SisterSimon-- I think it's the Parsees, not the Buddhists, who go for sky burial. There are interesting articles in the New York Times from last year on the effect of urban expansion on this practice.

However, your basic points stand. I used to wonder if this was how Carrion de los Condes got its name, but have since been corrected.
 

Jennifer Juniper

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances fall 2014 or 2015
You may well be right- I'm probably thinking of a Tibetan sect near Nepal that I visited. They practice Buddhism, but in a more cloistered environment that leans towards the most ancient practices, having more than exclusively Buddhist influences. Place names are fascinating,aren't they?So often you find areas named for very old practices that occurred there. Sky Burial is a much more hygenic option in places where its impossible to dig graves.Even burial pyres leave remains that in some climates can transmit disease-and I find that a more distressing thought than an environmentally sound practice that "recycles" what is no longer needed.
Still, to each his own . Certainly its normal for some cultures to be shocked or even repelled by the funerary customs of others.In some faiths its shocking to wait more than a day to dispose of the deceased, and for others its incomprehensible to keep aside acres of arable land for burials.
 

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