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King Vulture as Totem by Ravenari King Vulture as Totem by Ravenari
Also known as Sarcoramphus papa


‘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.’


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.


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).

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ElkDigitalArt Featured By Owner 3 days ago  New Deviant Hobbyist Digital Artist
God birds are so beautiful. Amazing work.
Ravenroseserpent Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2018  Student 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
SelflessDevotions Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2018   Digital Artist
The colors are just beautiful :love:
Doll-Ladi Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2018
Flower with LOVE by KmyGraphic The colors are very beautiful in this. Enjoy seeing your work.
Fractaldragon Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2018  Professional 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.)
Lethal-Woman Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2018
I really enjoy your's nice seeing your bird art again
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RavenHeart1984 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
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October 11
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