Monday, January 3, 2011

Disturbing: Headless rooster found on Otis Place Ogden

It's the weekend of strange things on the sidewalk -- Patron, paint drippings as graffiti, and now a headless rooster. A reader sent this in, spotted on Otis Place Ogden between 14th and 16th. Strange stuff.

Apparently rooster sacrifice is done in the Santeria religion, which mixes Afro-Caribbean beliefs and Roman Catholicism: something similar happened in New Jersey a few months ago, for example. The roosters are sacrificed for saints or as an offering. 

Kind of disturbing, and also unsafe, since they probably have germs and could attract rats. 

Is this common? Has anybody else spotted this sort of thing in the neighborhood?

UPDATE: The reader confirms it was Ogden, not Otis.

14 comments:

Juskimo said...

I had a headless small raptor carcass on my balcony (3 stories up, so no cat/dog kill) about six weeks ago. Given the huge number of different birds of prey in the area, I would assume that it is the work of one or another.

Andrew said...

Could be, though why would there be a rooster around? Unless somebody has them in their backyard or something. And then that's fishy too.

Anonymous said...

Dog crap left all over the place even in little blue bags is more a problem in terms of rats and the yuk factor than a few headless roosters per year will even be.

W Jordan

Tom Veil said...

If a predator killed the rooster, then why wouldn't it have eaten the meat off the bird? A clean decapitation like that seems like it has to be human.

And to W Jordan: where are you seeing the little blue bags? I haven't seen that. Indeed, Columbia Heights seems to do much, much better at cleaning up after its domesticated animals than just about any DC neighborhood I know of.

Tony Smith said...

That's nothing. I just saw hundreds of headless birds in Safeway!

Andrew said...

Hahaha

Anonymous said...

At least it wasn't thousands of birds falling out of the sky like in Arkansas!

Rachel said...

Maybe the rooster just wouldn't shut up.

Anonymous said...

The little blue and other colored bags of dog crap are all over the place, just walk the neighborhood. Look around any convenient trash can folk just fling them. If you wish I can send photos?


W Jordan

deeceevoice said...

Hey, I rather like this -- not that the carcass was left on the street, but that it likely is a sign that, in the face of rampant gentrification and ongoing obtuseness/ignorance about syncretic religious practices, Black folks (African-Americans, Africans, Afro-Latinos) are still doing what we do.

Vodun/Africa lives in us. Still. ;)

Anonymous said...

I used the rooster head to brew up a magic potion to get rid of gentrifiers!

Anonymous said...

When was this found? I don't know if it's the same one but we saw one that looks like this one on Ogden between Center (one block west of 14th) and 16th. This was a few days after Christmas. Either you have the street wrong or there is a repeat chicken decapitator in the area. I'm hoping for the former.
PS. Otis doesn't run all the way to 16th - it ends at Ogden and Center.

Anonymous said...

This is on Ogden (not Otis) and it has been there for a few weeks. A few headless roosters have shown up on my block in the past year or so and they definitely come from the Santerians who live down the street.

Andrew said...

Anon, thanks, the reader confirms that.