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In Their Eyes Were Watching God, what animals show up at the mule's funeral? 

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Buzzards show up at the funeral for Matt Boner's mule.

When the mule dies, the people drag it out to the swamps to have a mocking funeral. Starks actually stands on the belly of the mule as he gives a mocking eulogy about how much the mule would be missed, what a distinguished citizen he was, and how important he was to the community. Next, Sam joins him on the mule and talks about mule-heaven and the mule-angels flying around.

As the funeral progresses, the buzzards are waiting to come over and feast on the mule. When the people finally leave, the buzzards have to wait for the Parson, their leader, to come join them and feast on the corpse. Zora Neale Hurston writes:

Everybody enjoyed themselves to the highest and then finally the mule was left to the already impatient buzzards. They were holding a great flying-meet way up over the heads of the mourners and some of the nearby trees were already peopled with the stoop-shouldered forms.

The Parson comes, pecks out the eyes of the mule,...

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