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Turkey Day « The Rev. Brendan Powell Smith

Turkey Day

Thursday, November 28th, 2002 - 11:03 am PST

Across the world today, man celebrates his prehistoric victory over turkeys by taking part in the annual family ritual of catching a turkey, cooking it, stuffing it with savory delights, and then devouring it until there is nothing left but bones. But Rev. Smith attempts recapture some of the thrill man’s original prehistoric glory by waking up early and wrestling a full-grown male turkey at the crack of dawn and then devouring it live. There are some who would call this ritual barbaric and cruel, but for Smith it is a deeply symbolic act, fraught with profound emotion and a grim sense of duty. Asked what he would do if one day the turkey was the victor in the wresting match, Smith shuddered and said, “I hadn’t really stopped to consider that.”