Followers

Thursday, April 4, 2013

THE BELLED BUZZARD

THE BELLED BUZZARD

KIND HEARTS, FOR QUITE SOME TIME NOW, I HAVE BEEN COLLECTING STRANGE CREATURES.  SOME OF THEM ARE QUIRKY OR WHIMSICAL WHILE OTHERS ARE SPOOKY OR MAYBE EVEN TERRIFYING.  I HAVE OVER FORTY NOW AND ALL ARE EITHER APPALACHIAN "ORIGINALS," OR THEY ARE "VISITORS" WHO CAME WITH THE LUMBER CAMPS AND EITHER "ADAPTED" OR DIED OUT.  I THOUGHT I WOULD BEGIN WITH THE BELLED BUZZARD.  IN ADDITION, I RECENTLY MET A MARVELOUS ILLUSTRATOR NAMED MANDY NEWHAM WHO HAS AGREED TO ILLUSTRATE EACH "CRITTER," AND THE RED-EYED FELLOW ABOVE IS AN EXAMPLE OF HER WORK.

   THERE ARE HUNDREDS OF BELLED BUZZARD STORIES.  IN THE YEARS FOLLOWING THE CIVIL WAR, THIS "WINGED MESSENGER OF DEATH" RECEIVED NEWSPAPER COVERAGE WHEN HE ALLEGEDLY CAME TO SUMMONS A LOCAL JUDGE, A CIVIL WAR GENERAL OR A MINISTER.  GRIEVING FAMILIES REPORTED HEARING THE DOLEFUL BELL AS THE BUZZARD CAME TO REST ON THE ROOF ABOVE THEM.  SOME SCHOLARS OF APPALACHIAN FOLKLORE CLAIM THAT THE OMINOUS BIRD HAD A PERMANENT ROOST SOMEWHERE IN THE GREAT SMOKIES AND HIS GOINGS AND COMINGS WERE OCCASIONALLY REPORTED. HOWEVER, SOME TIME IN THE 1920'S, THE BELLED BUZZARD MIGRATED ... ABANDONED THE APPALACHIANS FOR THE OZARKS AND LATER, HE SHOWED UP IN GEORGIA.  IN LATER YEARS, HE BECAME EVEN MORE OMINOUS AND WAS THOUGHT TO BE AN INSTRUMENT OF JUSTICE FOR HE FOLLOWED UNPUNISHED MURDERERS UNTIL THEY CONFESSED THEIR CRIMES.

23 comments:

  1. This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

    ReplyDelete
  2. Down where I grew up, Gary, it was the mourning dove who clued us that death was imminent in a household. Do you have any folklore on doves? But I like the picture of the belled buzzard better. Gives death a sense of humor, don't you think?

    ReplyDelete
  3. You would probably enjoy the old traditional tale "Godfather Death" and the Jack Tale "Soldier Jack, the Man Who Caught Death in a Sack."

    ReplyDelete
  4. I've been browsing on-line greater than 3 hours nowadays, yet I by no means found any fascinating article like yours. It is lovely value enough for me. In my opinion, if all webmasters and bloggers made just right content material as you did, the web will likely be a lot more helpful than ever before.

    Check out my weblog: webs.com

    ReplyDelete
  5. I reаd this pοst соmрletelу сοncerning the compariѕon
    of most гecent аnd prevіous technolοgiеs, it's awesome article.

    Also visit my webpage ... abrir cuenta facebook

    ReplyDelete
  6. Apρreciate thе recommеndation. Let me try it out.


    my homepage :: abrir cuenta facebook

    ReplyDelete
  7. Thаnks , I havе recently been looking for info apprοximаtelу this tορic foг а long time and уouгs iѕ the best I have сame upon so
    far. Βut, what about the conclusion? Are уou positive about
    the sоurce?

    Heгe iѕ my page - http://Ken3616001.pixnet.net/

    ReplyDelete
  8. Νice post. І was сhecκing continuοusly thiѕ blοg and I am
    impressed! Extremelу helpful іnfо sрecificallу thе last ρart
    :) I care for ѕuch info а lot. I wаѕ seeking thіs cеrtain іnformation fоr а long timе.
    Тhank уou and good luck.

    Alsο visit my webpage :: crear facebook gratis

    ReplyDelete
  9. I am curious to find out what blog platform you are working
    with? I'm having some minor security issues with my latest website and I'd
    like to find something more risk-free. Do you have any solutions?


    Stop by my webpage :: Click Here

    ReplyDelete
  10. It's impressive that you are getting thoughts from this paragraph as well as from our dialogue made at this time.

    Also visit my homepage ... web site

    ReplyDelete
  11. Hey! I know this is kind of off topic but I was wondering
    which blog platform are you using for this site?
    I'm getting fed up of Wordpress because I've had issues with hackers
    and I'm looking at alternatives for another platform. I would be awesome if you could point me in the direction of a good platform.

    Here is my weblog; Wholesale NFL Jerseys

    ReplyDelete
  12. Can I just say what a comfort to uncover somebody who truly
    knows what they're talking about on the net. You definitely understand how to bring an issue to light and make it important. A lot more people need to check this out and understand this side of the story. I was surprised that you're
    not more popular because you surely have the gift.


    Here is my page: Chaussures De Foot Pas Cher

    ReplyDelete
  13. These are truly great ideas in regarding blogging. You have touched some
    fastidious factors here. Any way keep up wrinting.

    My website :: Air Jordan Femme

    ReplyDelete
  14. Hello there, There's no doubt that your web site may be having browser compatibility issues. When I take a look at your web site in Safari, it looks fine however when opening in IE, it's got some overlapping issues.
    I just wanted to provide you with a quick heads up! Aside from that, fantastic
    site!

    Here is my web blog; Soldes Air Jordan

    ReplyDelete
  15. This website was... how do you say it? Relevant!! Finally I have found something
    that helped me. Thanks a lot!

    Feel free to visit my web blog :: Louis Vuitton
    Purses (ngosummit.com)

    ReplyDelete