I started to place this in the existing thread dealing with road kill bones and cleaning http://www.tradition...-from-roadkill/ but then though the direction and discussion I hope to inspire would not fit into that thread without badly derailing it. SO with that in mind I elected to create this thread and perhaps see where it would go.
Over the years I have seen a number of roadkill creatures. Some common, some exotic and what one might classify as rare and endangered. Some I admit I have paused about thinking should I or could I take some part from those creatures to use in my magical or spiritual workings? Yet for some reason I have always tended to error on the side of not choosing them as I was taught to a great degree they are cursed and would work against any magics I performed unless it was baneful or maligned in purpose. A perspective which seems contrary or counter to the notion of using every usable part of the body of an animal I killed while hunting.
The more I though about it the more it occurred to me the reason I see roadkill as used for baneful or malign works is the way they were killed. They weren't killed with honor and respect. They weren't killed with thanks or consideration of their life force and spirit. They weren't even killed as part of the cycle of life and the rotation of the living wheel. No, they were killed in perhaps the most traumatic way. Their bodies crushed and broken as they were smashed into by some vehicle or critically harmed and then left to languish in great pain and agony as they struggled to get away from the location. Many times run over and over again as other vehicles struck their bodies as they lay in the road. Some suffering the extreme in death in that they were not even in a place to normally be killed yet some driver swerved to strike them and took great joy and even pride in the doing so.
Now humanity wise we'd not use the bones of a human killed in such a fashion under normal circumstances. Heck, realistically we only use bodies donated to medical science by loved ones or via last will and testaments. Perhaps those who were executed for their crimes and their bodies lay unclaimed in the hopes something good might be derived from the body of those who caused such harm and hurt. Perhaps on some occasions to see what went wrong and try to understand why they behaved in such a manner.
So why use the bodies of the creatures that suffered such a death before the grill or under the tires of some vehicle? If you believe that the spirit or soul can be connected to the bones then surely the spirit will be marred by the conditions of its death. Like some human ghost that haunts the spot of his / her demise and suffers the repeated experiencing of its demise along with the pain, suffering, fear and all the other emotional baggage that goes along with such hauntings. Many times forgetting I think that such traumatic deaths have frequently resulted in the ghostly instances of some spectral animal doomed to repeat its death.
I wonder at times am I the only one who has passed the mound of dirt along the side of the road used to cover the carcass of some deer and yes even a bear only to see the shadowy outline of the creature standing above it? To follow some shimmering animal into the woods and have it lead you to its skeleton and know how it died and perhaps the manner of its death. Gangrene has a different smell for instance than rotting flesh when the spirit has been thanked. The rotting corpse of an animal who died in agony and suffering also has a different smell than one given a quick and relatively painless death.
I've had skulls or other parts that were claimed from roadkill given to me and I find them to be cursed, scared and scarred when trying to use them. In some ways a spiritual piece that doesn't always allow the creature to drop its garb and cross into its next lifetime. Not dissimilar to PTSD, shell shock or many of the human psychological and mental conditions experienced by humans. But then again to a great majority of people, even pagans, animals are nothing more than creatures here for our use and dominion over them and are seen as property or less than and used how we desire not how we should.
I'll continue to use parts from those creatures whose lives I've ended and paid appropriate honorings and blessing for. To use the parts of those creatures who've died natural deaths or deaths inflicted within the normality of their lives as predator or prey. Perhaps even those creatures whose lives I ended early as their bodies lay crushed and broken upon the road or beside the road to ease their passage. But in all honestly I can't use the parts of those creatures whose last moments were from being killed and tossed to the curb like some piece of trash or sporting event. Those whose spirits and souls are as torn and broken as the bodies which gave them up as roadkill and left them to rot and decompose.
While I don't expect others to share my perspective and opinion reading the other thread and experiences with those broken spirits insists I write this out.