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#3085856 - 12/18/12 07:24 PM Deer Last Rte Ceremonies
gil1
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I'm doing sort of a retrospective article about deer death rituals. I know there are all kinds of interesting Native American rituals, and I can get some interesting information on-line. But I'm more interested in what we have adopted, changed, or fabricated for today's hunter.

How do you show respect for the deer? Or the hunter? Or nature?
Thanks in advance.
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#3085861 - 12/18/12 07:28 PM Re: Deer Last Rte Ceremonies [Re: gil1]
gil1
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Just as an example, I found this German ritual to be interesting.

“Letzer bissen,” the “last bite” ceremony, is performed when hooved animals, such as red stag or fallow deer, are killed during a hunt.

Traditionally, a sprig from an evergreen is taken from a nearby tree and placed in the animal's mouth, and another sprig is placed in the hunter’s hat-band to identify the hunter's success.
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#3085982 - 12/18/12 08:30 PM Re: Deer Last Rte Ceremonies [Re: gil1]
BigRod
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No real ritual here, I simply look up and give thanks to the Lord
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#3086004 - 12/18/12 08:40 PM Re: Deer Last Rte Ceremonies [Re: BigRod]
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Ditto that Gil...
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#3086156 - 12/18/12 10:31 PM Re: Deer Last Rte Ceremonies [Re: Carlos Viagra]
catman529
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I too thank the Lord for my success. And then the ritual begins - gut, tag, drag and brag.
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#3086240 - 12/19/12 01:29 AM Re: Deer Last Rte Ceremonies [Re: catman529]
in the dog house!
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I too give thanks and the glory to God ..... then text my buddy and do the drag!!
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#3086281 - 12/19/12 05:25 AM Re: Deer Last Rte Ceremonies [Re: in the dog house!]
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Letser bissen is actually quite a beautiful ritual. I don't practice it but I do have a ritual. I take off most of my outer clothing so I don't get too hot dtragging and I wear A-I gloves and exam gloves so I don't get bloody gutting. I have been doing it that way for quite some time.

There are some idiots on television who fist bump and pump and say idiotic things like, "He down! He's down!" and "That sucker is toast." and "He's taking a dirt nap" and Smoked that sucker!"

They of course, are the true hunters except they never kill anything. They only harvest. When they do, providing they haven't gut shot a doe, as so often happens, they spout some clap trap about how it all happened in the last hour of the last day and reitterate six or eight times exactly what happened, forgetting I suppose, they are on TeeWee and we saw it. Of course, we may not have seen it just that way.

The Mexicans have a rather unique ritual. The younger members of the village gather aruond the animal and upon cue, fly into that sucker like a pack of jakals. In 10-minutes, their is nothing left but tiny bits of the hooves. Quite touching to watch.

The Eskimos too have a ritual. It is called ookamoogalooga. Using whalebone knives called similacs, they slice off long strands of blubber. One end is placed in their mouth, the other in a pocket of their parkas. They then dance around in a circle with a female member of the band and sing Ookamookalooga which means I love you. Many years ago, R. Simbeck can verify this, Johnny Horton was inducted into their society and wrote a song about this ritual.

I sincerely hope this has helped you.
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#3086283 - 12/19/12 05:27 AM Re: Deer Last Rte Ceremonies [Re: in the dog house!]
WGK
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Like the rest of you guys I thank God for his blessings not just the deer but everything he has done for me to allow me the opportunity to be where I am.
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#3086293 - 12/19/12 05:38 AM Re: Deer Last Rte Ceremonies [Re: WGK]
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Just thank God,and get on with it
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#3086331 - 12/19/12 06:17 AM Re: Deer Last Rte Ceremonies [Re: Football Hunter]
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I GIVE THANKS TO THE DEER FOR GIVING ITS LIFE THEN GUT THAT BEEACH

Edited by greygoose (12/19/12 06:18 AM)
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