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King Vulture as Totem

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By Ravenari   |   Watch
Published: October 11, 2018
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Also known as Sarcoramphus papa


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‘They call me the King Vulture – Urubu Rei – and I have been deified in cultures older than most can conceive. A messenger from the gods, or nature’s clean-up crew, perhaps both. Do you not look upon me and know nature’s glory? Know also then, how I feed upon decay and death and entropy, know how I keep my nest fetid to ward off predators, or how I am the one who often makes the first cut in a kill to allow other, smaller vultures to feed once I am done.

I carry within me the secrets and sacredness of life and death, I know how to find the smallest detail in the biggest picture, and find for myself a way of living. I can teach you how to speak without speaking, how to live amongst the dying, and how to centre in your own authority and sacredness.

I am the wisdom of the skies and the sky gods, the forests and the forest gods. I am not always talking on my own behalf, but sometimes on the behalf of ancient gods. But make no mistake, I am my own god, and you will respect me first before I will leave you my messages. For if you will not listen to me when you are alive, then I will still find nourishment in you when you are dead.’

Keywords:

The Messenger. Deification. Godliness. Sacredness. The life and death cycle. The first cut. The first taste. Doing the dirty work. Entropy and decay are necessary. You will listen to me. Authority. Sky wisdom. The upperworlds and upperworld mythologies. Getting a clear picture. Soaring. To speak without giving voice. Blood magic and blood medicine. Solar worship.


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Watercolour pencil / pencil / ink / metallic and iridescent acrylic -> Crescent cold-pressed illustration board ->  18.5 x 20.5 cm (or 7.2 x 8 in).

Image size
4000x3527px 25.06 MB
IMAGE DETAILS
Software
Adobe Photoshop CS2 Windows
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ElkDigitalArtHobbyist Digital Artist
God birds are so beautiful. Amazing work.
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RavenariProfessional Traditional Artist
Birds are amazing aren't they? Thank you!
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RavenroseserpentStudent General Artist
This one sound likes a Hades vulture to me and the what Death meant look like as a Animals and just a beautiful colourful vulture with the sunset colours
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RavenariProfessional Traditional Artist
They're so gorgeous and I get the impression they can be even more striking in person!
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RavenroseserpentStudent General Artist
yea their are and I along seen photos of them and their colour are very bright
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SelflessDevotions Digital Artist
The colors are just beautiful :love:
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RavenariProfessional Traditional Artist
Thank you :)
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SelflessDevotions Digital Artist
You're welcome! :)
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Flower with LOVE by KmyGraphic The colors are very beautiful in this. Enjoy seeing your work.
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RavenariProfessional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much!
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A pleasure for me :-)
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FractaldragonProfessional Artisan Crafter
He's indeed magnificent. Love the vulture series! (I am very fond of Turkey Vultures myself. There were lots of them around where I used to live in California.)
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RavenariProfessional Traditional Artist
I've drawn Turkey Vultures a couple of times in the past which was why I didn't revisit them again, but they are awesome! We don't have any vultures in Australia.
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I really enjoy your work....it's nice seeing your bird art again
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RavenariProfessional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :D The next batch will be fishes, but man I love fishes, until I have to draw all the scales lmao
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All your work is good although I am spoiled with birds
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RavenHeart1984Professional Traditional Artist
majestic
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RavenariProfessional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :D
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RavenHeart1984Professional Traditional Artist
your welcome
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