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Elephants exhibit a wide range of behaviors linked to high levels of intelligence and emotional depth. Although many animals grieve, elephants are the only animal other than humans to ritualize death. After an elephant dies they gently touch their trunk to their fallen friend. An entire herd will process by the deceased in a process that can take most of a day. They shout and weep and then become very quiet. They bury the deceased under thrown dirt, leaves and tree branches. They then spend days in quiet memorial. They continue to visit the graves of other, even unrelated, elephants for many years and show a keen and respectful interest in elephant bones. Elephant memory is legendary. Captive elephants who have been separated will greet each other excitedly when reunited. Elephant matriarchs remember water holes even after significant dry spells. They are extremely pro-social engaging in loud energetic greetings even if seeing each other after a few hours. I can never remember to bring my canvas bags when I go to the store. Years ago, on the rare occasion that I would succeed I would get to the register and the cashier would look at me askance as if to say, “What are those for.” Times change, and after a couple of years I would get to the store and the cashier would remind me to remember my canvas bags next time; and I thought, this is exactly right, we need everyone to help us remember the things we need to remember. And that made me think of the elephants, and their keen memories, and the ways they help each other remember.


everyone a song about elephants

When I go to the store I forget, I forget
at home on the door are the canvas bags
and I know, oh I know, that they are the better way
and I wonder why I let myself forget

When I get to the checkout, across the aisle, across the aisle
Someone’s putting groceries into canvas bags
And I know, o I know that they’ve found the better way
And I wonder why I don’t take the example

As I get out my card to pay
The cashier says
Hey now did you forget your canvas bags
Hey now you need to remember

We need everyone

And then I think about the elephants in their parade, in their parade
And how they work so hard to help each other remember
And I know, o I know that they’ve found the better way
And I wonder when I’ll be able to recognize it

In times of drought, In time of danger, they remember, they remember
Where to find water and safety
And I know, o I know that they’ve found the better way.
But trusting in the memory of each other

And when an elephant dies
They all gather round
They touch trunks to their fallen friend
They touch trunks and remember, that

We need everyone


from Of Every Creature, released October 4, 2013


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anabaptist bestiary project Ann Arbor, Michigan

Rocking the world through reflection on creatures the Anabaptist Bestiary Project is a ten piece alternative rock ensemble under the creative direction of Trevor Bechtel. The ABP collects vocal and instrumental musicians from Bluffton University to delve into the artistic and literary heritage of the spirituality of creatureliness. ... more

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