A Dog Walker Found a Cow Tongue "Ritualistically" Stuck to a Tree in North Dallas

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Kiowa Park, a postage stamp of green space tucked behind Prestonwood Elementary in Far North Dallas, is not known as hotbed of Voodoo or Santeria, a fact that makes yesterday's discovery all the more puzzling.

According to police, a neighborhood resident was walking a dog through the park at about 5:30 Tuesday evening when they came upon a tree with a cow tongue stuck to a tree. The dog walker wasn't sure what to make of it, so the person called the cops, who said the tongue had been "ritualistically" stuck to the tree.

A Dallas PD spokeswoman declined to elaborate, but reports of (and instructions for) cow tongue rituals aren't difficult to come across.

In 2009, more than a dozen cow tongues were discovered on trees in a New York City park. One morning in 2010, a passerby found one embedded with nails and wrapped in a package deposited next to some Austin railroad tracks. Last year, one showed up outside the civic center in Yuma, Arizona.

It's not clear whether any of those cases ever yielded any solid evidence, but in each one, investigators speculated that the tongues were the work of practitioners of Santeria or Voodoo. Both religions have versions of a ritual involving nailed cow tongues meant to silence one's enemies.

"In their mind they believe that by doing this act they're going to prevail over the person who is speaking against them," Miguel De La Torre, a theology professor who wrote a book on Santeria, told the Village Voice at the time of the New York discovery.

None of which answers the central question surrounding yesterday's discovery at Kiowa Park: Who the hell is nailing cow tongues in Far North Dallas? Police are investigating. If a friend or loved one suddenly loses the ability to talk, give them a call.


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22 comments
J_A_
J_A_

Cow tongue is delicious. Everyone should try it.

ericrapesbabies
ericrapesbabies

I used to find goat jaw bones tied with black bandannas over there by Santa Fe trail all the time. Of course, a baby-raping naive white-guilt libtard propagandist like Eric Nicholson can't face the reality that is staring him right in the face.

DocConjure
DocConjure

Yes, it's a spell to make someone shut up.

ruddski
ruddski

That only works to silence cows that speak against you.

SpaceisSG
SpaceisSG

That reminds me, time to get the rib eyes ready for tonight's dinner. 


animas
animas

I cannot wait for the follow-up for this article.

James_the_P3
James_the_P3

Mmmm, tongue.  Off to Tacos la Banqueta for some tacos de lengua.

bmarvel
bmarvel topcommenter

Will all those tender hearts who went all weak-kneed and weepy over the tortured puppy wax indignant over the tongue-tied cow? We'll see.   

TheCredibleHulk
TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

 I don't practice Santeria - I ain't got no crystal ball,

If I had a million dollars well I - I'd spend it all . . . 

*wanders off humming*

ozonelarryb
ozonelarryb

About as lunatic and effective as rosaries, candles, and incense.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

@bmarvel Cows are probably the most peaceful, calm, carefree animals known to man.  Cows have given their precious gift of milk to mankind for thousands of years, and do not deserve these atrocious, cruel acts of inhumanity.

bmarvel
bmarvel topcommenter

@ozonelarryb ...flags, emblems, trademarks, makeup, costume jewelry, chrome on automobiles, front lawns, statues, ties, cuffs... anything with a symbolic meaning but no literal use.

monstruss
monstruss

@Myrna.Minkoff-Katz @bmarvel...you know you can buy cow tongue at any ol' carniceria, right?

mcdallas
mcdallas

@bmarvel @ozonelarryb I use my front lawn to play sports with the kiddos.  While wearing my American flag cufflinks and red/white/blue necktie and adoring the chrome Chevy emblem on my pickup, in which sits my wife all dolled out in her makeup and jewelry.

bmarvel
bmarvel topcommenter

@AmbelleinaWarwillow @bmarvel @ozonelarryb Nothing that a clean pocket handkerchief, a napkin, or a pair of handcuffs can't do.

Oh...I see what you mean.

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